citrus

noun

cit·​rus ˈsi-trəs How to pronounce citrus (audio)
plural citrus or citruses
often attributive
: 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
citrusy adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the gardens, there are citrus, olive and melaleuca trees, along with an al fresco fireplace when evenings become cooler. David Kaufman, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2022 This fragrance is inspired by Middle Eastern traditions with its alluring tones of citrus, orange and smoke. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Nov. 2022 What seems like an inviting dish of fruit is actually a bowl full of claw-like citrus, Buddha’s hands. Sunset Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 While citrus, including oranges and grapefruit, is grown throughout Florida, most groves are located in the southern two-thirds of the state. Robert Barba, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2022 Loaded with Strata, delivering ripe citrus, dewy evergreen and some tropical cannabis aromas. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2022 Caffeine: Probably the single most helpful compound for improving bee gut health, Seshadri said, and found in the pollen of flowers on citrus plants, and in, of course, coffee plants. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Residential citrus plants and parts may not be moved from the properties where they are grown. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 And finally, a London Bone Dry gin with citrus and spicy undertones including grapefruit peel, cardamom, orris, coriander seed, juniper and lemon peel. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, genus name, from Latin

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of citrus was in 1781

Dictionary Entries Near citrus

Cite this Entry

“Citrus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrus. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

citrus

noun

cit·​rus ˈsi-trəs How to pronounce citrus (audio)
plural citrus or citruses
: any of a genus of often thorny trees and shrubs (as the orange, grapefruit, or lemon) grown in warm regions for their fruits
also : the fruit of a citrus
citrus adjective

Medical Definition

citrus

noun

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