Definition of Kaffir lime in English:

Kaffir lime


  • A SE Asian citrus tree whose fragrant leaves are used in Thai and Indonesian cooking.

    • ‘Drizzle the plate with the kaffir lime leaf oil.’
    • ‘Magrood, also known as kaffir lime, is a citrus tree grown in Southeast Asia for its flavorful leaves and the peel of its fruit.’
    • ‘But the salmon was overcooked, and the dish failed to sing, its aromatic filaments of kaffir lime leaf notwithstanding.’
    • ‘The name kaffir lime derives from Asia rather than South Africa, perhaps from Indian Muslims who encountered the fruit as an import from Thailand and Sri Lanka, where non-Muslims predominated.’
    • ‘If you've got more room in the garden you can grow your own kaffir lime leaves but be warned, this small citrus tree has vicious spikes so needs a bit of space around it.’