noun, apri·cot often attributive \ˈa-prə-ˌkät, ˈā-\

: a small orange-colored fruit that is related to the peach and plum

Full Definition of APRICOT

a :  the oval orange-colored fruit of a temperate-zone tree (Prunus armeniaca) resembling the related peach and plum in flavor
b :  a tree that bears apricots
:  a variable color averaging a moderate orange

Origin of APRICOT

alteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-birqūq the apricot, ultimately from Latin (persicum) praecox, literally, early ripening (peach) — more at precocious
First Known Use: 1580
APRICOT Defined for Kids


noun apri·cot \ˈa-prə-ˌkät, ˈā-\

Definition of APRICOT for Kids

:  a small oval orange-colored fruit that looks like the related peach and plum

Word History of APRICOT

The Romans seem to have thought that apricots were early-ripening peaches, since that is the literal meaning of the Latin name for the fruit: persica praecocia. The second word in this phrase was borrowed by the Greeks, in the form praikokion, as their name for the fruit. When the Arabs entered the Mediterranean Sea region in the early Middle Ages, they in turn borrowed the Greek word as barqūq, and Arabic al-barqūq, the apricot, is the ultimate source of the English word apricot.


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