apricot

noun, often attributive
apri·​cot | \ ˈa-prə-ˌkät How to pronounce apricot (audio) , ˈā- How to pronounce apricot (audio) \

Definition of apricot

1a : the oval orange-colored fruit of a temperate-zone tree (Prunus armeniaca) resembling the related peach and plum in flavor
b : a tree that bears apricots
2 : a variable color averaging a moderate orange

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My disappearing item is canned apricots, which are a nice change from peaches, pears and pineapple. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The butterscotch pudding mix has been located, but other goodies remain elusive," 11 June 2019 The apricot trees are carefully preserved and the coveted produce annually anticipated and greatly enjoyed. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Cambrian Park home nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac," 17 June 2019 Some of the region’s apricot, plum and apple crops may also be affected after the blast of polar air plummeted temperatures to minus 20 degrees in late January, breaking water pipes and ice-jamming bridges in areas around the state. USA TODAY, "Black Hills yaks, serious senioritis on campus, Pony Express: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2019 Try the Mediterranean restaurant’s frozen apricot version with rose wine, white rum, fruit puree and mint and basil. Josie Sexton, The Know, "10 frozen treats to try around Denver this summer," 3 June 2019 The Scrubstick, on the other hand, is infused with apricot seeds that work to gently exfoliate the lips. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Fenty Beauty Just Revealed Its Dropping Two New Lip-Care Products," 2 May 2019 Armenia distilled brandy and supplied rose, geranium, and apricot extracts, two endemic botanicals shipped to Moscow where they were used in the production of soap. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 Her 13th-century recipe includes dried apricots, figs, raisins and chestnuts, reflecting the sunny climate of this Mediterranean region. Joan Nathan, New York Times, "A Seder Feast in Provence, With Roots in Ancient Rome," 20 Mar. 2018 Stone fruit Fruit with a pit in the center, like apricots, nectarines, and peaches, should all be stored at room temperature, because the fridge will dehydrate them. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Foods You’re Probably Refrigerating That You Actually Shouldn’t," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of apricot

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for apricot

alteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-birqūq the apricot, ultimately from Latin (persicum) praecox, literally, early ripening (peach) — more at precocious

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apricot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apricot

: a small orange-colored fruit that is related to the peach and plum

apricot

noun
apri·​cot | \ ˈa-prə-ˌkät How to pronounce apricot (audio) , ˈā-\

Kids Definition of apricot

: a small oval orange-colored fruit that looks like the related peach and plum

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