citrus

noun, often attributive
cit·​rus | \ ˈsi-trəs How to pronounce citrus (audio) \
plural citrus or citruses

Definition of citrus

: any of a group of often thorny trees and shrubs (Citrus and related genera) of the rue family grown in warm regions for their edible fruit (such as the orange or lemon) with firm usually thick rind and pulpy flesh also : the fruit

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Other Words from citrus

citrusy \ ˈsi-​trə-​sē How to pronounce citrus (audio) \ adjective

Examples of citrus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The garden at Blancaneaux provides most of the citrus, herbs and veggies for the lodge. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Rhinegeist, Cincinnati, Hazy India Pale Ale, 6.5% Billed as having citrus, passion fruit and strawberry notes, this isn’t overly juicy, and the hops are in check. Marc Bona, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 Fresh, pristine seafood tossed with or topped with a symphony of citrus, Latin and Asian flavors, and summer fruits and veggies makes for absolute perfection on a plate on a sizzling day. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 24 Aug. 2021 On top of vegetables: This recipe from G. Daniela Galarza’s Eat Voraciously newsletter is a similar idea to the citrus. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 Now imagine your garden filled with edible plants from that very same nursery, ranging from figs to pomegranates to countless varieties of berries to that holy grail of Northwest horticulture: cold, hardy citrus that can remain outside all year. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 Water citrus, avocado, mango, banana and other tropical fruiting plants regularly. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 Kin Euphorics’ Kin Spritz is a nonalcoholic spirit, made of adaptogens, nootropics and botanics, which includes a blend of fresh citrus, warm spice, hibiscus and ginger. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Scoop ice cream onto four plates and spoon the peach, pineapple and their syrup next to the ice cream and sprinkle the citrus and coconut over the top. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of citrus

1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for citrus

New Latin, genus name, from Latin

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17 Sep 2021

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More Definitions for citrus

citrus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of citrus

: a juicy fruit (such as an orange, grapefruit, or lemon) that has a thick skin and that comes from a tree or shrub that grows in warm areas

citrus

noun
cit·​rus | \ ˈsi-trəs How to pronounce citrus (audio) \
plural citrus or citruses

Kids Definition of citrus

: a juicy fruit (as a lemon, orange, or grapefruit) with a thick rind that comes from a tree or shrub that grows in warm regions

citrus

noun, often attributive
cit·​rus | \ ˈsi-trəs How to pronounce citrus (audio) \

Medical Definition of citrus

1 capitalized : a genus of often thorny trees and shrubs of the rue family (Rutaceae) grown in warm regions for their edible fruit (as the orange, lemon, lime, or mandarin) with firm usually thick rind and pulpy flesh
2 plural citruses or citrus : any plant or fruit of the genus Citrus or a related genus

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