sweet orange


: an orange (Citrus sinensis) that is probably native to southeastern Asia, has a fruit with a pithy central axis, and is the source of the widely cultivated oranges of commerce
: a cultivated orange derived from the sweet orange and usually having fruit with a relatively thin rind and sweet juicy edible pulp
: the fruit of a sweet orange

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One whiff of this roll-on essential oil blend, infused with sweet orange, lavender, basil, peppermint more, and I'll instantly be put at ease on the most stressful of days. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 12 Jan. 2023 The aromatic flavors of this Moroccan Harissa hot sauce contain smoky paprika, sweet orange juice, cumin, garlic, coriander, and turmeric, to name a few. Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 9 Dec. 2022 Not to mention it is infused with a fragrant aroma of wild rose, sandalwood, jasmine, and sweet orange for therapeutic benefits too. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2023 Both wanted to bottle the counterculture vibe of skateboarding with Orange Kush, boasting notes of sweet orange, hemp, and tangerine blossom. Claire Stern, ELLE, 9 Jan. 2023 The sweet orange, more placid and less fragrant, today dominates global trade but did not make inroads in the West until hundreds of years later. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2023 The Nature study shows that sweet orange originated no more than 10,000 years ago — perhaps even much more recently. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 7 Feb. 2018 For a fruitier holiday scent, try this candle that has a blend of pomegranate, cassis, and sweet orange scents. Lauren Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Dec. 2022 This Christmas Ale is brewed with honey, ginger, cinnamon and sweet orange. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweet orange was in 1538

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“Sweet orange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20orange. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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