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 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 Pierre Hermé, the master of French macarons, visits every summer, as does Anne-Sophie Pic, a three-Michelin-star chef based in Valence, ready to sample a mild, sweet Israeli pomelo or an acidless ancient Italian orange with a subtle vanilla scent. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 San Francisco pop-up Dabao Singapore’s yusheng ($38 for two to three) features scallop, abalone sauce, plum, pomelo and other fruits and vegetables. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Feb. 2021 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, 11 June 2020

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Pomelo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomelo. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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