: 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.