calamondin

noun
cal·a·mon·din | \ ˌka-lə-ˈmän-dən \

Definition of calamondin 

: a small hybrid citrus tree (Citrofortunella microcarpa synonym Citrofortunella mitis synonym Citrus mitis) of warm regions cultivated chiefly as an ornamental also : its small, tart, orange fruit resembling a mandarin or kumquat and yielding an acidic juice used especially as a flavoring agent or in beverages and marmalades

Note: While the calamondin has been widely grown in the Philippines and Indonesia, it is thought to be native to China.

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Calamansi (calamondin) is a type of tart orange, and its juice or extract is typically available in bottled and frozen form at Filipino markets. Bonnie S. Benwick, sacbee, "The lost art of cutting up a chicken," 29 Aug. 2017 Calamansi (calamondin) is a type of tart orange, and its juice or extract is typically available in bottled and frozen form at Asian markets (like those on Washington Avenue). Philly.com, "BBQ Chicken Skewers," 24 Aug. 2017 Calamansi (calamondin) is a type of tart orange, and its juice or extract is typically available in bottled and frozen form at Filipino markets such as Filipino Global Supermarket in Falls Church. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "How to cut up a whole chicken: Reclaiming this lost art," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of calamondin

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calamondin

Tagalog kalamundíng

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