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 citrusy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of citrus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most striking images were from San Francisco proper, which was bathed in a zestless citrus haze, as if some evil extraterrestrial had zapped Karl the Fog with a deadly malady. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter," 11 Sep. 2020 Ceviche and chips: Hearts of palm, tomatoes, celery, peppers, onions and citrus. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix has a new vegan restaurant from the owners of this popular farmers market stand," 10 Sep. 2020 In just 15 years, the bacterium has spread through citrus orchards in Florida, reducing fruit yield by up to 75 percent while more than doubling production costs, according to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This year’s unsolicited seed scare highlights the work of legitimate seed growers," 9 Sep. 2020 The pantry possibilities are, in theory, endless: oyster sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or even ponzu for a light citrus twist. Patricia Kelly Yeo, Bon Appétit, "Velveting is the Chinese Technique That Takes Stir-Fries to the Next Level," 9 Sep. 2020 Clean-tasting, solid mouthfeel, no big citrus burst, and hint of pine - nothing crazy here, just a very smooth and drinkable DIPA. Marc Bona, cleveland, "14 beers to sip in September (photos)," 6 Sep. 2020 Transfer to pitcher and stir in 2 cups ice cubes, then citrus juices. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Lemon-Lime Iced Tea," 27 Aug. 2020 Has a pleasant woodsy fragrance with just a hint of citrus. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best body scrub," 22 Aug. 2020 Researchers’ best lead came from finger limes, an unusual citrus fruit that grows in Australia’s rainforests. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Australian Finger Lime Could Save American Citrus," 29 July 2020

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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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The first known use of citrus was in 1781

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16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Citrus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrus. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for citrus

citrus

noun
How to pronounce citrus (audio)

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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