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

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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 From satsumas to pomelos, citrus fruits brighten up every winter fruit bowl and don’t need to be limited to snacking. Julia Turshen, sacbee, "There’s a payoff for patience | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Feb. 2018 Young jackfruit salad is a nice introductory or pomelo salad. Michael Floreak, BostonGlobe.com, "Q&A with Cameron Stauch, author of ‘Vegetarian Vietnam’," 19 Mar. 2018 What looks good: We’re especially stoked to try the coriander millet porridge with rosemary concord grape compote, zingy watermelon rind marmalade, bukhara farro pilaf, and a golden beet and pomelo winter panzanella. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "5 New Vegetarian Cookbooks We're All About This Spring," 5 Mar. 2018 His larger citrus such as grapefruit and pomelo have ripened nicely, too, thanks to last summer’s heat. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "California citrus: Short crop long on flavor," 6 Feb. 2018 The shop will serve a variety of teas — green, honey, melon, pomelo and more. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Bubble tea chain Kung Fu Tea coming to Overland Park | The Kansas City Star," 15 Jan. 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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