lime-juicer

noun

lime-juic·​er ˈlīm-ˌjü-sər How to pronounce lime-juicer (audio)
1
slang : englishman
2
slang
a
: a British ship
b
: a British sailor

Word History

Etymology

from the use of lime juice on British ships as a beverage to prevent scurvy

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lime-juicer was in 1859

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“Lime-juicer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lime-juicer. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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