pom·​e·​lo | \ ˈpä-mə-ˌlō How to pronounce pomelo (audio) \
plural pomelos

Definition of pomelo

2 or pummelo \ ˈpə-​mə-​ˌlō How to pronounce pummelo (audio) \
a : 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
b : 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 At the 12-seat Six Test Kitchen, chef Ricky Odbert serves a tasting menu with inventive dishes like spider crab with sorrel and pomelo. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, "This Long-overlooked California Region Has Offbeat Hotels, Stunning Beaches and Hiking Trails, and Some of the Best Wines in the West," 11 June 2020 Chinese tomatoes, peppers, tangerines, grapes and pomelo accounted for about 3% of Magnit’s fruit and vegetable sales last year. Yuliya Fedorinova, Bloomberg.com, "Russia Warns of Trade ‘Volatility’ With China on Virus Risk," 10 May 2020 In the past, scientists have done much the same with watermelons, pomelo peels, and even paper pulp. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Fruit That Smells Like Butt Could Charge Your iPhone," 26 Feb. 2020 There are the omnipresent lemons and limes, of course, but also the rarer varieties: pomelos, Sumo mandarins, Palestinian limes, bitter oranges, Ruby Red grapefruits. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay to Use Bottled Lemon Juice? And Other Urgent Citrus Questions," 4 Feb. 2020 Other fruit is lucky because of its name—the word for pomelo sounds like the one for prosperity. Harper's BAZAAR, "Double Happiness: The Season's Luckiest Wedding Gowns—In China's Most Heavenly Setting," 30 Sep. 2019 The Beans: Loyalty Savory and sweet, zapped with tart pomelo, toasted almonds and smoky caramel. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Vietnamese Coffee: So Hot Right Now," 20 June 2019 For a more substantial meal, order avocado toast with pomelo, crab, and fresh herbs, or Turkish-stuffed eggplant with yogurt and mint. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Dumpling Time fills bright-pink beet buns with taro puree and crafts a soup dumpling the size of a pomelo. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Instagram making our dim sum better?," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of pomelo

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for pomelo

probably alteration of earlier pompelmous, from Dutch pompelmoes

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19 Jun 2020

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“Pomelo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomelo. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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