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
citrusyplay \ˈsi-trə-sē\ adjective
Recent Examples of citrus from the Web
Add berries, citrus, melon and more to water, sodas or even sangria for a tasty way to stay hydrated this summer.
Some form of citrus is usually added to play on the zesty note from the Campari liqueur, but this Pioneer Square bar tweaked it with cantaloupe cordial and garnished the drink with melon balls.
Full of apricot, minerality, citrus and zingy acidity with a dry, crisp finish, this Swartland region wine clocked in at 13.5 percent alcohol.
The herbs and citrus added a fresh, bright note to balance out the richness of the butter.
Melon, cucumber and citrus all work great with it in cocktails.
In this pitcher drink, sweet fig preserves mix with the spice of chai tea and citrus for a bright, lightly spicy punch.
Taste: Big mouthfeel with pine flavors dominating more than citrus notes.
Over California, which dispenses blasts of wind as well as citrus and pine smells as riders zoom through orange fields and forests.
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Origin and Etymology of citrus
New Latin, genus name, from Latin
First Known Use: 1781
CITRUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of citrus for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of citrus for Students
: 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
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
2plural citruses or citrus : any plant or fruit of the genus Citrus or a related genus
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