trifoliate orange

noun

Definition of trifoliate orange

: a thorny Chinese tree (Poncirus trifoliata) of the rue family related to the citruses that has trifoliolate leaves and a sour yellow fruit resembling a small orange and that is grown for ornament or hedges or used as a rootstock for citrus fruits

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Recent Examples on the Web An extremely easy-to-grow citrus is the trifoliate orange. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "The best fruit crops to plant in North Texas," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of trifoliate orange

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Trifoliate orange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trifoliate%20orange. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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