Kaffir-lime definition

An Asian tree (Citrus hystrix) having small bright green fruit and shiny dark leaves used in cooking.
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Citrus hystrix, a species of fragrant, small limes native to Southeast Asia.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kaffir-lime
Plural:
kaffir-limes

Origin of kaffir-lime

  • Probably from Kaffir (applied to Citrus hystrix for unknown reasons)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition