noun \ˌnek-tə-ˈrēn\

: a sweet fruit that is like a peach but that has smooth skin

Full Definition of NECTARINE

:  a peach with a smooth-skinned fruit that is a frequent somatic mutation of the normal peach; also :  its fruit


obsolete nectarine, adjective, like nectar
First Known Use: 1611


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Nectarine (Prunus persica var. nectarina)—J.C. Allen and Son

Smooth-skinned peach (Prunus persica ‘nectarina'), grown throughout warmer temperate regions. They result when some peaches self-pollinate or are crossed so that they express a genetic factor for smooth skin. Nectarines are commonly eaten fresh or cooked in desserts and jams; they are a good source of vitamins A and C.


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