pom·​e·​lo ˈpä-mə-ˌlō How to pronounce pomelo (audio)
plural pomelos
or pummelo
: a very large thick-rinded usually pear-shaped citrus fruit differing from the closely related grapefruit especially in its loose rind and often coarse dry pulp
: a large widely cultivated tropical tree (Citrus maxima synonym C. grandis) of southeast Asia that bears pomelos

Examples of pomelo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the chef’s inventive side is irrepressible, coming out in a wonderful salad of pomelo, sheep’s milk Valbreso and mango chutney and the most decadent perogies that’ll ever melt on your tongue. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 At Arnett Farms there were Buddha’s hand citrons; bergamot oranges; pomelos; Meyer lemons; and Kishu, Fairchild, Nova, Golden Nugget and Satsuma tangerines. Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Liis Lucienne With a name that means light, the ethereal fragrance has a heart of magnolia, dragonfruit, and waterlily layered under sparkling pomelo and lemon zest. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 26 Nov. 2023 Their latest flavor features pomelo, grapefruit’s bright, zesty, sweeter cousin—drink it straight for an incredibly crisp sip, or use it to make a punchy, fruity cocktail. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 19 July 2023 Developed as a hybrid between a pomelo and a grapefruit, the Oro Blanco inherits the juiciness of grapefruit without that bitter edge, and the floral sweetness of pomelo without its thick, woolly pith. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 At first whiff, LES is a sultry-sweet delight with pomelo and peonies softly caressing each other. ELLE, 24 May 2023 It was developed, um, from something like a pomelo. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 2 May 2023 Jamal supplemented the surviving orange and lemon trees with replacements and new types of citrus, including an Algerian tangerine, different orange trees, a pomelo, grapefruit and loquat. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2023

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Word History


probably alteration of earlier pompelmous, from Dutch pompelmoes

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of pomelo was in 1817

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“Pomelo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomelo. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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