Definition of mirliton in English:


Line breaks: mir¦li|ton
Pronunciation: /ˈməːlɪtɒn


  • 1A musical instrument resembling a kazoo, with a nasal tone produced by a vibrating membrane.
  • 2US another term for chayote ( sense 1).
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    • The mirliton turned out to be the Louisiana name for chayote, a light-green ridged fruit you may have seen in ethnic grocery stores.
    • Daily specials are written on a board and include fresh fish and pintade (guinea hen), along with hearty vegetable and meat stews featuring eggplant, spinach or the more exotic mirliton.
    • Not so the cheese-stuffed huisquil - more commonly called chayote squash, mirliton or vegetable pear in Texas - that came off watery and wan.


early 19th century: from French, 'reed pipe', of imitative origin.

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