Meyer lemon


Mey·​er lemon ˈmīr- How to pronounce Meyer lemon (audio)
: a citrus fruit that resembles a lemon but is less acidic with orange yellow skin and pulp
Meyer lemons are so special—more naturally sweet and floral than regular lemons—and we think using them in a soufflé is a nice way to highlight their uniqueness.Jane Daniels Lear, Gourmet, February 2007
also : a tree (Citrus × meyeri) bearing Meyer lemons that is thought to be a hybrid between a lemon and a sweet or mandarin orange and was first introduced into the U.S. from China in the early 1900s
My kumquat is about to bear its first little fruit, and the Meyer lemon is covered in richly scented blossoms. Michael Pollan, New York Times Magazine, 16 May 2004

Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Meyer lemon was in 1926

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“Meyer lemon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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