from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The fruit of this plant, whose rind is often candied and used in confections and fruitcakes.
  • noun A globose watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. citroides) having white flesh that is candied or pickled.
  • noun A grayish-green yellow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The citron-tree, Citrus medica.
  • noun A round and nearly solid variety of the watermelon, Citrullus vulgaris, with white and almost flavorless flesh, sometimes used as a preserve.
  • noun Same as citron-water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot) 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.
  • noun A citron tree, Citrus medica.
  • noun A citron melon.
  • noun A small variety of watermelon, whose solid white flesh is used in making sweetmeats and preserves.
  • noun (Bot.) the tree which bears citrons. It was probably a native of northern India, and is now understood to be the typical form of Citrus Medica.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old French, alteration (influenced by limon, lemon) of Latin (mālum) citreum, citron (fruit), from citrus, citron tree.]


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