Definition of mirliton in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmərləˌtän/


1A musical instrument with a nasal tone produced by a vibrating membrane, typically a toy instrument resembling a kazoo.
2US another term for chayote (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: mir·li·ton

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