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

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Firming + Illuminating Mask with marine algae, SLAP IT! Retexturizing + Detoxifying Mask with caffeine, and SQUEEZE IT! Brightening + Rejuvenating Mask with citrus. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I Tried Butt Masks, and My Booty May Never Be The Same," 22 Feb. 2019 This is a crisp, dry, fairly light bodied white with citrus and herb notes, a bit like a Chablis with the same food-friendly attributes. 4. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 It's got all the real essential oils from lemon, citrus, and clove, and that’s important for magical work. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 2018 The artificial flavors that have now been banned, the scientific names of which rarely appear on food labels, are typically used to create citrus, mint, and cinnamon flavors. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "FDA Bans Certain Chemicals Often Used to Create Citrus, Mint, and Cinnamon Flavors in Things Like Ice Cream," 9 Oct. 2018 This traditional method sparkler offers notes of bread crust, pear, anise, tangy citrus and a clean finish with 11.5 percent alcohol. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Balanced and floral, with lively citrus and herbal flavors. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 Back then, Bellaire was a rural area, and McKinney said most people made their living from agriculture like citrus, apples or pecan groves. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire celebrating 100-year milestones," 28 June 2018 Consider their ribboned cucumbers basking in citrus and creamy labneh shot through with rosewater. S.pellegrino®, Bon Appetit, "A Beach Picnic, L.A. Chef–Style," 25 June 2018

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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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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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