bergamot

noun
ber·​ga·​mot | \ ˈbər-gə-ˌmät How to pronounce bergamot (audio) \

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

Examples of bergamot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While honey cake is the traditional cake served on Rosh Hashanah, this one, which is packed with spices, a surprising hint of bergamot from Earl Grey tea, and plenty of orange flavor, should be on your table all fall. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 24 Sep. 2019 Lemon for acid, orange blossom water, sparkling cava and some italicus — a liquor with the flavor of bergamot fruit — combine wonderfully for a sparkling citrus punch that makes for a fun sipper. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Our picks: best cocktails of 2019," 25 Dec. 2019 The scent blends its star, vanilla, with notes of bergamot, mandarin, neroli, and jasmine sambac, rounding it out with base notes of cedarwood and musk. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors Share Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 3 Dec. 2019 Chandler Burr, who created the department of olfactory art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, recommends Cannabis Santal ($50) with its bergamot, Brazilian orange, and black plum notes. Claire Ballentine, BostonGlobe.com, "No longer in hiding, the scent of cannabis joins the perfume counter," 26 Aug. 2019 Armani Prive Woodsy citrus Orangerie Venise features bergamot boosted by cedarwood and moss for an earthy-meets-fruity scent; $175, at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills or nemainmarcus.com. Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Woodsy Scents for All Genders," 30 Oct. 2019 And Lorenzo Dante Ferro of Friuli, Italy, created Amorvero Profumo, a bergamot, lemon and mandarin orange fragrance that wafts through the fit-for-a-principessa lounges and lobby of the plush Hotel Hassler Roma. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "A bed, a bath and a whiff of jasmine: Hotels try to lure customers with signature scents," 20 Sep. 2019 The clean mint, lemon, and verbena scents of the Banho Citron Verbena, wrapped in packaging inspired by Portugal’s azulejo tiles, and the woodier Cerina Brise Marine soap, which has top notes of bergamot and Mediterranean pine. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hostess Gifts Under $50 So You Don't Show Up to Holiday Dinner Parties Empty-Handed," 4 Nov. 2019 Not to worry, the contrasting notes aren't overpowering: The exotic notes of white blossom, bergamot, vanilla, and sandalwood create a complex finish that's breathable and inviting. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Tom Ford's Métallique Fragrance Is Worth It," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bergamot

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bergamot

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

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“Bergamot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bergama?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=gg&file=ggperg05. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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