Definition of apricot
1a : the oval orange-colored fruit of a temperate-zone tree (Prunus armeniaca) resembling the related peach and plum in flavorb : a tree that bears apricots
2 : a variable color averaging a moderate orange
Origin and Etymology of apricot
alteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-birqūq the apricot, ultimately from Latin (persicum) praecox, literally, early ripening (peach) — more at precocious
First Known Use: 1580
APRICOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apricot for English Language Learners
: a small orange-colored fruit that is related to the peach and plum
APRICOT Defined for Kids
Definition of apricot for Students
: a small oval orange-colored fruit that looks like the related peach and plum
History for 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.
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