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 pomelo (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 Black cardamom, pomelo, and dia sieu wood are sourced largely from farmers and foragers belonging to local ethnic minority groups like the Red Dao and Hmong. Bon Appétit, 31 Mar. 2022 Pomelos are often used in Asian dishes that pair the fruit with spicy, sweet and salty components, like this traditional Thai pomelo salad with shrimp. Casey Barber, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 Grapefruit generation features top notes of pomelo skin, elm leaf and silver; heart notes of hawthorn flower, tuberose and paradisone; and a base of cork, grapefruit and animalic musk. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 The Rambler expects to sell close to 500 cans in flavors like peach, pineapple and grapefruit pomelo. New York Times, 30 May 2021 The house has a large garden dotted with lemon, loquat, and pomelo trees, named after Dajani’s parents, aunts and uncles. Dalia Hatuqa, Time, 12 May 2021 The notes for perfumer Mathieu Nardin’s ripe and juicy tribute to citrus read like a cocktail mixer, its combination of pomelo, tangerine, and bergamot appealingly zesty. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2021 Named for a citrus hybrid crossing a tangerine and a pomelo, Tangelo Park was built in the 1950s on former orange groves. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Mar. 2021 The sweetest fragrance, by far, is Flor de Virgen, which combines pomelo, fig leaf, jasmine petal, and gardenia to create a scent that admittedly reads more feminine, for those who prefer something in that category. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Pomelo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomelo. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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