One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian evergreen tree of the myrtle family, with edible pink, purple, or white berries.
Acmena smithii, family Myrtaceae
- ‘Species that also consume native rain - forest fruits, such as lilly-pillies and figs, have wider, more muscular tongues to help pulp the fruit.’
- ‘The lilly pilly is one of the most popular plants in Australia today, particularly for hedging and topiary.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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