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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Maple fudge and honey aromas led to apple skin, ripe apricot, steely minerality, mouth-filling softness and a distinct, nutty finish. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 Look out for quick-drying oils like grapeseed, apricot kernel, argan, and marula, which are ideal for most skin types. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Beef jerky, dried apricots, granola and fig bars, apples, sunflower seeds and peanut butter sandwiches are the pillars of my fishing food pyramid. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "5 ways to take your fishing trip to the next level | Idaho Statesman," 19 Mar. 2018 These are your scrubs (apricot, sugar, salt, and bead varieties) and brushes (motorized or other types) that physically remove dead skin cells from your face. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "This Is How Often You Should Actually Exfoliate Your Face," 22 Feb. 2019 Main Attraction: Rose A combination of deep orange, creamy apricot, and golden yellow just feels right. Mike Irvine, Sunset, "4 Ways to Design Colorful Floral Arrangements," 22 Jan. 2018 Add the apricots and 2 tablespoons of the mint and cook for 30 minutes until the lamb is tender. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 Vanilla, apricot and bread crust lead to tropical fruit and a hint of lime on the finish. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 Each layer of almond cake is separated by apricot and raspberry jam, frosted with dark chocolate glaze and sprinkled with luster dust. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "Style Radar: Express yourself with these Pride picks," 22 June 2018

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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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