sour orange


: a citrus tree (Citrus aurantium) that is used especially as a stock in grafting citrus
also : its bitter fruit

called also bitter orange

Examples of sour orange in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two, the flavor of sour orange (or faux sour orange) juice plus cilantro plus garlic is so pow! Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2024 Swap the vinegar for a different acid, such as lemon or lime juice, sour orange juice or sherry vinegar. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Other items included in the spread are a mirror and a candle which represent light, gold coins for prosperity, eggs for fertility, a bowl of goldfish for life, and a sour orange in a bowl of water symbolizing planet Earth, explains event planner Lily Aroosi, a native of Iran. Ray Chavez, The Mercury News, 10 Mar. 2024 Joon showcases the glories and grace of the Iranian kitchen The soup proves a sublime combination of ground pistachios, cumin and ginger in a chicken broth tweaked with two Persian wonders: sour orange juice and tart red barberries. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2023 Imported fresh from Spain, the sardines are marinated in vinegar, coriander and cumin, then dredged in spiced flour and fried to a crisp, with sour orange and onions. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2023 The soul food menu adds Latin and Caribbean influences with gems like the cornbread with jalapeño honey butter and chicken with sour orange honey. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 The fish is stuffed with garlic, rosemary, thyme, sour orange and, of course, a generous dose of salt. Janelle Davis, CNN, 7 Feb. 2023 Stuff the fish with 2 slices from 1 sour orange (reserve the remaining sour orange for another use), crushed cloves from the remaining half of a raw garlic bulb, and the remaining thyme, rosemary and parsley. Janelle Davis, CNN, 7 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sour orange was in 1748

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“Sour orange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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