Definitions

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

  • n. A variety of aromatic peach of ancient origin, having a smooth, waxy skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cultivar of the peach distinguished by the absence of peachfuzz on the skin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nectareous.
  • n. A smooth-skinned variety of peach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sweet or delicious as nectar.
  • n. A variety of the common peach, from which its fruit differs only in having a rind devoid of down and a firmer pulp. Both fruits are sometimes found growing on the same tree. See peach.

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

  • n. variety or mutation of the peach bearing fruit with smooth skin and (usually) yellow flesh
  • n. a variety or mutation of the peach that has a smooth skin

Etymologies

From obsolete nectarine, sweet as nectar, from nectar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Today brought heaps of sweetness: A white nectarine from a gracious, fruit-loving colleague and — best of all — the news that a beloved friend does not need a scary and painful medical procedure.

    Sweet litigants for life

  • Johnson says that nectarine is French, but gives no authority.

    Notes and Queries, Number 56, November 23, 1850

  • -- The tropical fruit called the nectarine is really a variety of peach, but it differs from the common peach in that it has a smooth, waxy skin.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 5: Fruit and Fruit Desserts; Canning and Drying; Jelly Making, Preserving and Pickling; Confections; Beverages; the Planning of Meals

  • The nectarine, which is simply a smooth-skinned peach, does equally well, many varieties bear heavily, and some produce fruit of exceptional merit.

    Fruits of Queensland

  • Hence we may confidently accept the common view that the nectarine is a variety of the peach, which may be produced either by bud-variation or from seed.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I.

  • * The nectarine is a species of peach, but produces fuzz-less fruit.

    Blisstree

  • For thousands of years, the Utopia collection Wenrenmoke salty, there are several varieties of peaches, generally peel and hairy, "nectarine" in pericarp smooth; "peach" fruit is a flat discoid; "almond" is a food nucleolus peach, prolific in Central Asia and Xinjiang, China; "Bi-tao" is the watch spent in peach trees, there are many forms of petals, the Beijing Botanical Garden, there are hundreds of different varieties.

    WN.com - Business News

  • And that for me is the point of the peach and why I hold its qualities above those of the nectarine – the feel of the peach's soft fuzz on lips, the way the skin puckers as I bite, a teasing prelude to the sweet flesh that will follow.

    Tender delights

  • For peach and nectarine "mother" plants, workers remove the petals and pollen-producing anthers of every flower, leaving only the pistil.

    When Apricot Met Plum...

  • Kingsburg sells 10 kinds of peacharines -- a fruit designed to taste like a peach and crunch like a nectarine, but with minimal fuzz on the skin.

    Creating New Fruit

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