citrus

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noun, often attributive cit·rus \ˈsi-trəs\

Definition of citrus

plural

citrus

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citruses

  1. :  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

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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

citrus

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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

citrus

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noun cit·rus \ˈsi-trəs\

Definition of citrus for Students

plural

citrus

or

citruses

  1. :  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 Dictionary

citrus

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noun , often attributive cit·rus \ˈsi-trəs\

Medical Definition of citrus

  1. 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. 2plural citruses or citrus :  any plant or fruit of the genus Citrus or a related genus



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