tangerine was our Word of the Day on 02/23/2014. Hear the podcast!
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Unlike the Golden Globes, there was plenty of color in this year's Oscar fashions from Greta Gerwig's shimmering tangerine gown to Daniel Kaluuya's mustard tuxedo jacket.
Founded in the 1960s, the orchard and store offers acres of citrus including navels, pink grapefruit, Rio Red grapefruit, Arizona Sweets, Valencias and tangerines.
Kids and teetotalers can opt for mystic portal punch, which has lemon-lime and tangerine flavors with Powerade Mountain Berry Blast.
Sweet-tart tangerine and loads of citrusy hops make for a really bright, flavorful brew.
Prior to the show, McKnight dyed single ostrich feathers to match the collection’s muted color palette in shades of mustard, chartreuse, violet, and tangerine.
To approximate their taste, substitute tangerine juice for some of the lemon.
But Douglas and others have found that crested auklets emit octanal, a compound also found in tangerines.
Grapefruits can also be somewhat bitter, which may turn off people accustomed to honey-sweet tangerines.
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Did You Know?
When tangerine was first used in the mid-19th century it was an adjective we'd borrowed from French to describe people or things from or relating to the Moroccan city of Tangier. (The French name for "Tangier" is Tanger.) Within about a hundred years the noun tangerine was being used to refer to the fruit we now know by that name. Although tangerines were at one time thought to be native to Morocco, they are now thought to be indigenous to southeast Asia. As our definition explains, tangerines are technically a kind of mandarin orange-and mandarin is another word we got from the French. The French mandarine is most likely originally from the Portuguese word mandarim, which etymologists believe is probably from the color of a Chinese mandarin's robes.
TANGERINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tangerine for English Language Learners
: a small, sweet fruit that is like an orange with a loose skin which is easy to remove
: a deep orange-yellow color
TANGERINE Defined for Kids
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