bergamot

noun ber·ga·mot \ ˈbər-gə-ˌmät \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of bergamot

1 : a pear-shaped Mediterranean sour orange tree (Citrus aurantium bergamia) having a rind that yields an essential oil used especially in perfumery; also : this oil
2 : any of several mints (genus Monarda) — compare wild bergamot

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Origin and Etymology of bergamot

French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta, modification of Turkish bey armudu, literally, the bey's pear


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