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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With notes of citrus zest, cherry pie, and cocoa meshing with Oban’s signature hint of smoke on the finish, the Oban Night’s Watch release is a rare and wonderful exception—and already difficult to find anywhere but online. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 Florida is the world’s second-largest citrus producer. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Forecast for El Nino’s ability to limit hurricanes this year is ‘murky’," 14 June 2019 The fajitas include your choice of Angus steak, chicken or shrimp flambeed — tableside — with onion and bell peppers, served with Mexican citrus cream pico de gallo, guacamole, chiles toreados, rice, beans and corn tortillas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Sunday is Father’s Day. Have you made your dinner reservations yet?," 11 June 2019 Ask for mountain-side seats on the train back to Tokyo for sweeping views of Mount Fuji before trying the light yuzu citrus broth and vegan options at Afuri Ramen. Ari Beser, National Geographic, "5 unforgettable train trips through Japan," 7 June 2019 The cocktail is made with Ketel One Grapefruit Rose, Cointreau, citrus agave, Angry Orchard Rosé Cider and starts at $10.50 (prices vary at different locations). Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Where are you going to wine up on National Rosé Day?," 5 June 2019 Neither were really dressed — surely the yellowtail could have used a little citrus? Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Olio: Is the Italian plain delicious - or too plain?," 5 June 2019 The izakaya portion of the menu offers snacks like deep-fried chicken wings brushed with tangy-sweet citrus garlic glaze. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 Then add other ingredients like citrus zest, or spices like cinnamon or cardamom. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "French Sodas Taste Like Liquid Creamsicles, and We Are Here for It," 21 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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