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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The Slidell, Louisiana, couple and their massive citrus entered the Guinness Book of World Records after officials from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry took official measurement of the fruit. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "A Louisiana Couple Just Set Two Guinness World Records With One Massive Grapefruit," 9 Sep. 2019 The backyard features a grove of both citrus and avocado trees, and has a private playground. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Drew Barrymore’s Former Montecito Home Is On the Market For $9.9 Million," 6 Sep. 2019 In that case, head for Oga’s Cantina, where delights like the Fuzzy Tauntaun ($16) not only tickle the palate with citrus and peach flavors (the vodka and schnapps help) but tingle the lips – literally. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "At Galaxy’s Edge, food and drink are another layer in the Star Wars experience," 28 Aug. 2019 By all means, perfume the floor with spices and citrus and oil. Jacob Brogan, BostonGlobe.com, "Go ahead and microwave fish, and other office lunch etiquette you should ignore," 27 Aug. 2019 The goal was tocreate a balanced IPA that’s not too bitter but still offers a nice hop bite and layers of flavor, from bright citrus and tropical fruit to resinous pine. Jay Brooks, The Mercury News, "California’s latest beer news — plus Oktoberfest fun," 21 Aug. 2019 The cocktail menu boasts nine drinks, including the Brunch Punch, which mixes rum, velvet falernum, bauchant pineapple, strawberry puree, orange juice and citrus. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "This popular Tucson brunch spot is coming to Scottsdale. Here's why it's a big deal," 15 Aug. 2019 And a fun fact: Cola is a mix between citrus and brown spice flavors. Chris Morris, Fortune, "A New Coke Flavor Is Coming to the U.S. Just in Time for the Holidays," 14 Aug. 2019 Researchers already knew neonicotinoids could harm honey bees and other beneficial insects when applied to important crops such as cotton, potato, and citrus. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "This tiny insect could be delivering toxic pesticides to honey bees and other beneficial bugs," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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