noun, 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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fruit of the tree Prunus armeniaca, in the rose family, cultivated generally throughout the temperate regions of the world and used fresh, cooked in pastries, or preserved by canning or drying. Apricot trees are large and spreading, with heart-shaped, dark green leaves. Flowers are white. The fruit is nearly smooth and generally similar to the peach in shape but with little to no hairiness when ripe. Apricots are a good source of vitamin A and are high in natural sugars. Dried apricots are an excellent source of iron.


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