noun, often attributive
apri·cot | \ˈa-prə-ˌkät, ˈā- \

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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Floral and herbal notes mingle with apricot, honey and exotic spices in this Leelanau Peninsula wine with 12.5 percent alcohol. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Celebrate this season's harvest with this mix of 19 apricot, peach, and plum recipes. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "19 Healthy Ways to Cook With Peaches, Plums, and Apricots," 16 May 2018 Each Flavor Finder will receive a $2,000 stipend to travel to their flavor destination of choice, whether that’s to China for rambutan, Buenos Aires for Rioja, Turkey for pistachios, or California for apricots. Melissa Locker, Time, "This Company Wants You to Travel the World as a Professional ‘Flavor Finder'," 4 Apr. 2018 Strawberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, blueberries — the confluence of summer fruit seasons creates one of the most magical culinary moments of the year. Joe Gray, chicagotribune.com, "Savory meets sweet as summer fruit transforms into stellar ice cream toppings," 2 July 2018 Then and now: These days, just a handful of lush, green orchards recall the era long gone when Silicon Valley was called the Valley of Heart’s Delight for its stone fruit: apricots, cherries, plums, and peaches. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: An agonizing decision for asylum seekers," 25 June 2018 In late June, summer produce is exceptionally abundant – think ripe Apache apricots, juicy Seascape strawberries, and luscious herbs. San Francisco Chronicle, "Hands-On Farmers Market Cocktail Class with El Tesoro Tequila," 13 June 2018 Johnston's pillowy creations come in more than 130 flavors, from crab rangoon to apricot, including vegan and gluten-free varieties. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Becoming The Pierogi Lady: Meet Akron's Autumn Johnston," 26 Mar. 2018 The White was aged in Chardonnay and Saunternes barrels with peach and apricot puree added. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's red, white and brewed and coming out in time for the Fourth of July? Ask Third Space.," 26 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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English Language Learners Definition of apricot

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


apri·cot | \ˈa-prə-ˌkät, ˈā-\

Kids Definition of apricot

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

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