Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous Asian tree (Prunus armeniaca) having alternate leaves and clusters of usually white flowers.
  • n. The edible yellow-orange fruit of this tree.
  • n. A moderate, light, or strong orange to strong orange yellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A round sweet and juicy stone fruit, resembling peach or plum in taste, with a yellow-orange flesh, lightly fuzzy skin and a large seed inside.
  • n. The apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca
  • n. A pale yellow-orange colour, like that of an apricot fruit.
  • n. the junction of the brain and brain stem on a target, used as an aiming point to ensure a one-shot kill.
  • adj. of a pale yellowish-orange colour, like that of an apricot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fruit allied to the plum, of an orange color, oval shape, and delicious taste; also, the tree (Prunus Armeniaca of Linnæus) which bears this fruit. By cultivation it has been introduced throughout the temperate zone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A roundish
  • n. pubescent, orange-colored fruit, of a rich aromatic flavor, the produce of a tree of the plum kind, Prunus Armeniaca, natural order Rosaceæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. downy yellow to rosy-colored fruit resembling a small peach
  • n. Asian tree having clusters of usually white blossoms and edible fruit resembling the peach
  • n. a shade of pink tinged with yellow

Etymologies

Alteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-barqūq, the plum : al-, the + barqūq, plum (from Greek praikokion, apricot, from Latin praecoquus, ripe early : prae-, pre- + coquere, to cook, ripen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration (under the influence of French abricot) of apricock, itself an alteration (under influence of Latin apricum 'sunny place') of abrecock, from dialectal Catalan abrecoc, abercoc, variant of standard albercoc, from Arabic البرقوق (al-barqūq) 'plums', from Byzantine Greek βερικοκκία (berikókkia) (pl.), from Late Greek πραικὄκιον (praikókion), from Late Latin (persica) præcocia (pl.), (mālum) præcoquum, neuter of Latin (persicum) præcox, literally 'over-ripe peach'. (Wiktionary)

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  • US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906: Telegraphers' shorthand notation meaning "advise what arrangement you make".

    January 19, 2013

  • In California, where apricots are grown, and the West in general, the word is pronounced with a long A, as in ape.

    June 24, 2009

  • How is it precocious?

    June 12, 2008

  • the precocious fruit

    February 9, 2007

  • hehe! this one brought a giggle and a smile! =D

    December 10, 2006