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Definition of "assai" []

  • Any of several feather-leaved South American palms, especially Euterpe edulis and E. oleracea, that are important sources of heart of palm. (noun)
  • A beverage made from the fleshy purple fruit of one of these palms. (noun)
  • Music Very. Used in tempo directions: allegro assai. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "assai" in a sentence
  • "Selecting an "assai" palm of about nine inches diameter, across the creek, I took steady aim and fired four bullets."
  • "In all the Portuguese settlements the "assai" is a favourite drink, and is taken along with cassava bread, as we use milk or coffee."
  • "A palm called the "assai" has a small sloe-like fruit which produces a similar beverage -- thick and creamy, and of a fine plum colour."