grape·​fruit | \ˈgrāp-ˌfrüt \

Definition of grapefruit 

1 plural grapefruit or grapefruits : a large round citrus fruit with a bitter yellow rind and a juicy somewhat tart pale yellow, pink, or reddish pulp

2 : a small citrus tree (Citrus paradisi) that produces grapefruit

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There were strings of all-green bulbs and strings of all blue — a personal favorite — hastily bunched into grapefruit-sized galaxies. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 Instructions: Mix two parts pink grapefruit juice to one part cinnamon syrup for a classic tiki syrup called Don’s Mix. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Espadín mezcal stands in for tequila, backed up by bittersweet Cocchi Americano, grapefruit juice and the honey-anise liqueur xtabentún. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio," 19 Oct. 2018 Doctors would soon find a grapefruit-sized tumor pressing against his bladder, and he was diagnosed with cancer just a month before his 10th birthday. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Boy With Cancer Who Took Picture With MLB Star Reunites With Him 13 Years Later as a Dodger," 4 Apr. 2018 Rough, bone-dry limbs are no match for this mixture of fresh ginger, coconut, and grapefruit, which gently exfoliate away dead skin cells while toning and moisturizing for an unseasonably luminous finish. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Hot Ginger Bath Is the Perfect Detox Ritual for Winter," 26 Nov. 2018 In Berkshire Mountain Distillers’ new Ethereal line, there is always the backbone of juniper, plus multiple levels of citrus—lemon, lime, grapefruit. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of Gin Revealed," 10 Aug. 2018 For its new Ginger Zest, Belvedere separately distills fresh ginger, pink grapefruit, lemon, and honey vodkas then blends them with more base spirit, much as a blended whiskey would be made. Elva Ramirez, charlotteobserver, "Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past," 6 July 2018 For an industry that 20 years ago filled 304 million boxes, of which 244 million were oranges and 49.55 million were grapefruit, the harvest total was especially bitter., "Florida citrus growers endure worst season in decades," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of grapefruit

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of grapefruit

: a large yellow citrus fruit


grape·​fruit | \ˈgrāp-ˌfrüt \

Kids Definition of grapefruit

: a large citrus fruit with yellow skin

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