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

Examples of citrus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the Chardonnay and seltzer, this easy party drink recipe features citrus or regular vodka and lemon juice. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 May 2024 Photo : Open Homes Photography The grounds are laced with citrus and avocado trees. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for citrus 

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Citrus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrus. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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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