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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Coffee, tea, orange, grapefruit and tomato juices are included and cocktails are available for an additional fee. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets," 13 July 2018 Citrus, like grapefruit or orange, is nice (although not in season right now)_so are peaches or strawberries. Paula Forbes, GQ, "How to Make Salsa, the Party Food for Lazy People," 9 June 2018 Mimosas come with choices of apple, grapefruit or orange juice, with berries and citrus wedges to top it off. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "50-plus restaurants for Mother’s Day brunch, dinner and deals in Phoenix," 7 May 2018 Just don’t forget about orange or grapefruit, which can impart sweetness as well. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Here’s how to skip the jar and make a fresh salsa that’s right for you," 1 May 2018 By this point, my other ankle had started to tingle (both eventually swelled to the size of a grapefruit, and my left knee was significantly inflamed, looking as though a softball had lodged itself behind the kneecap). Matt Giles, Longreads, "How a Medical Catastrophe Can Bankrupt a Life," 1 Feb. 2018 Ludlow Liquors is playing host, working with Bacchanal’s team to serve dishes like roasted mushroom and artichoke with ricotta, citrus and herbs, or grilled octopus with saffron aioli, capers and grapefruit. Grace Wong,, "Try food and wine from a visiting New Orleans restaurant, plus check out a Pilsen bar giving back to immigrant community groups," 28 June 2018 In the United States, most orange juice and grapefruit is produced in Florida, while citrus fruits for consumption are mainly grown in California, Arizona, and Texas. Cassie Armstrong,, "Orange Blossom Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 27 June 2018 Acids such as citric acid, in contrast, often taste sour to us (think about citrus fruits with high citric acid content, such as lemons, limes and grapefruit). Megan Arnett, Scientific American, "Sweet and Sour Science You Can Taste!," 21 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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