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

  • n. A thorny evergreen shrub or small tree (Citrus medica) native to India and widely cultivated for its large lemonlike fruits that have a thick warty rind.
  • n. The fruit of this plant, whose rind is often candied and used in confections and fruitcakes.
  • n. A globose watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. citroides) having white flesh that is candied or pickled.
  • n. A grayish-green yellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a greenish yellow colour.
  • n. a small citrus tree, Citrus medica
  • n. the fruit of a citron tree.
  • n. the candied rind of the citron fruit.
  • adj. Of a greenish yellow colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fruit resembling a lemon, but larger, and pleasantly aromatic; it is produced by the citron tree (Citrus medica). The thick rind, when candied, is the citron of commerce. The fruit was once called the lime.
  • n. A citron tree, Citrus medica.
  • n. A citron melon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the citron-tree, a variety of Citrus medica, distinguished from the lemon by the absence of an umbo at the summit and by its very thick rind.
  • n. The citron-tree, Citrus medica.
  • n. A round and nearly solid variety of the watermelon, Citrullus vulgaris, with white and almost flavorless flesh, sometimes used as a preserve.
  • n. Same as citron-water.

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

  • n. thorny evergreen small tree or shrub of India widely cultivated for its large lemonlike fruits that have thick warty rind
  • n. large lemonlike fruit with thick aromatic rind; usually preserved


Middle English, from Old French, alteration (influenced by limon, lemon) of Latin (mālum) citreum, citron (fruit), from citrus, citron tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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