rough lemon

noun

Definition of rough lemon 

1 : a hybrid lemon that forms a large spreading thorny tree, bears rough-skinned fruit, and is important chiefly as a rootstock for other citrus trees
2 : the fruit of a rough lemon

First Known Use of rough lemon

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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