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
Recent Examples of apricot from the Web
Breakfast waffles are delicious when topped with fresh berries, bananas and stone fruits such as peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and pluots.
Halve the apricots, remove the seed, and roughly chop.
Michael Klug, the chocolatier and pastry chef, has turned to seasonal apricots, berries and rhubarb, among others, to create tall, colorful summer coolers that are fresh-tasting, light and not cloying.
Among the culinary ingredients in past and current Dogfish Head beers: raisins, blood orange juice, peaches, apricots, coconut, lobster, chocolate, cocoa, granola, wasabi ... and parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
My tour of porcine anatomy concluded with the sweetbreads, which are neither sweet nor bread, served with fennel and a dollop of pureed apricot.
Wallace cracks open apricot pits and uses the kernels inside to lend a subtle almond flavor to this soda recipe.
On the palate the wine is lush without being heavy, with lemon, pineapple and apricots followed by an undertone of fresh herbs and a hint of sweetness from the picolit.
Reduce oven temperature to 325° and continue to bake until pastry is deep golden brown and cooked through and apricots are softened and browned in spots, 15–20 minutes longer.
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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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