flavedo

noun
fla·​ve·​do | \ flə-ˈvē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce flavedo (audio) , flā- \

Definition of flavedo

: the colored outer layer of the rind of a citrus fruit : the pigmented exocarp of a hesperidium … and the gadget's blade is precisely angled—insuring that you'll cut only into the lemon's flavedo, the colored outer skin that houses the fruit's essential oils.— Emily Gest The flavedo is the outer colored peel of citrus. Cooks often call this part the zest.— Jane Palmer — compare albedo

First Known Use of flavedo

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flavedo

borrowed from New Latin flāvēdō "yellow color," from Latin flāvus "yellow" + -ēdō (as in Late Latin albēdō "whiteness") — more at blue entry 1, albedo

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Cite this Entry

“Flavedo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavedo. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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