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n. pl. citrus or cit·rus·es
1. Any of various evergreen, usually spiny shrubs or trees of the genus Citrus and other genera in the family Rutaceae, such as the grapefruit, lemon, and orange, native to South and Southeast Asia and widely cultivated for their juicy edible fruits with a leathery aromatic rind.
2. The fruit of any of these plants.
Of or relating to any of the citrus plants or their fruits.
[Latin, citron tree.]
n, pl -ruses
(Plants) any tree or shrub of the tropical and subtropical rutaceous genus Citrus, which includes the orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, citron, and calamondin
(Plants) of, relating to, or belonging to the genus Citrus or to the fruits of plants of this genus
[C19: from Latin: citrus tree, sandarac tree; related to Greek kedros cedar]
n., pl. -rus•es,
1. any small tree or spiny shrub of the genus Citrus, of the rue family, including the lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, citron, kumquat, and shaddock.
2. the fruit of any of these trees or shrubs, having a shiny, stippled skin, and tart-to-sweet juicy pulp.adj.
3. Also, cit′rous. of or pertaining to such trees or shrubs, or their fruit.
[1815–25; < New Latin, Latin: citron tree]
1. Any of various evergreen trees or shrubs bearing fruit with juicy flesh and a thick rind. Citrus trees are native to southern and southeast Asia but are grown in warm climates around the world. Many species have spines. The orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit are citrus trees.
2. The usually edible fruit of one of these trees or shrubs.
citrus, citron - Latin citrus signified the citron, an Asian tree with lemonlike fruit; citron is a French derivative of citrus, coined on the model of French limon, "lemon."
See also related terms for lemon.
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|Noun||1.||citrus - any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions|
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
section - a segment of a citrus fruit; "he ate a section of the orange"
orange - round yellow to orange fruit of any of several citrus trees
kumquat - small oval citrus fruit with thin sweet rind and very acid pulp
lemon - yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh
lime - the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees
grapefruit - large yellow fruit with somewhat acid juicy pulp; usual serving consists of a half
citrange - more aromatic and acid tasting than oranges; used in beverages and marmalade
citron - large lemonlike fruit with thick aromatic rind; usually preserved
|2.||citrus - any of numerous tropical usually thorny evergreen trees of the genus Citrus having leathery evergreen leaves and widely cultivated for their juicy edible fruits having leathery aromatic rinds|
citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit - any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions
fruit tree - tree bearing edible fruit
genus Citrus - orange; lemon; lime; etc.
Citrus decumana, Citrus grandis, Citrus maxima, pomelo, pomelo tree, pummelo, shaddock - southeastern Asian tree producing large fruits resembling grapefruits
citron tree, Citrus medica, citron - thorny evergreen small tree or shrub of India widely cultivated for its large lemonlike fruits that have thick warty rind
Citrus paradisi, grapefruit - citrus tree bearing large round edible fruit having a thick yellow rind and juicy somewhat acid pulp
Citrus reticulata, mandarin, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree - shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia
Citrus tangelo, tangelo, tangelo tree, ugli fruit - hybrid between grapefruit and mandarin orange; cultivated especially in Florida
Citrus limonia, lemanderin, rangpur, rangpur lime - hybrid between mandarin orange and lemon having very acid fruit with orange peel
Citrus limon, lemon tree, lemon - a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit