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The creamy orange shade used for the base looks exactly like an orange creamsicle milkshake — equal parts tangerine and vanilla ice cream.
In addition to the aforementioned soda floats, the drink list includes an Alien Sipper that can be filled with soda or the signature Mystic Portal Punch made of Powerade mountain berry blast with lemon-lime and tangerine flavorings.
There, Carrara stone floors meet black base boards, and a bench and mirror above, trimmed in a splashy shade of tangerine.
Citrus is king in this part of Florida, and the grapefruit, tangerines and oranges of all varieties grown in groves along the Indian River are world-renowned.
There are dozens to choose from, like chocolate pudding flavor, strawberry, tangerine.
The metallic lemon and tangerine hues of Bentleys once seen idling in front of Café Pushkin have been tempered to tasteful burgundies and silvers.
Scatter tangerines over asparagus and pour reserved juice on top.
Think tangerine and kumquat tart with almond baci crust, rose cream, and orange sherbet, or butterscotch sabayon with chocolate pepper cake, poached white figs, and sesame gelato.
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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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