Meaning of anchovy pear in English:

anchovy pear

Pronunciation /ˈantʃəvi ˌpɛː/


(also anchova pear)
  • A tropical fruit grown in Jamaica and Central America, commonly eaten pickled, and tasting similar to the mango. Also: the evergreen tree which bears it, Grias cauliflora (family Lecythidaceae), related to the Brazil nut.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Ligon (c1585–1662), business agent and natural science writer. Apparently from anchovy + pear, probably so called because the fruit is usually pickled.