bergamot

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noun ber·ga·mot \ˈbər-gə-ˌmät\

Definition of bergamot

  1. 1 :  a pear-shaped Mediterranean sour orange tree (Citrus aurantium bergamia) having a rind that yields an essential oil used especially in perfumery; also :  this oil

  2. 2 :  any of several mints (genus Monarda) — compare wild bergamot

Origin and Etymology of bergamot

French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta, modification of Turkishbey armudu, literally, the bey's pear


First Known Use: 1650


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