Definitions

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

  • n. See shaddock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large yellow citrus fruit native to southeastern Asia and Malaysia. It has a sweet flesh and is about 25 centimeters in diameter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of shaddock, called also grape fruit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of the shaddock, smaller than the shaddock proper, but much larger than an orange; the grapefruit. Also called forbidden-fruit. Compare pompelmous.

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

  • n. large pear-shaped fruit similar to grapefruit but with coarse dry pulp
  • n. southeastern Asian tree producing large fruits resembling grapefruits

Etymologies

Alteration of pompelmous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of Dutch pampelmoes ("shaddock"); alternatively, perhaps an alteration of a compound of pome ("apple") + melon, or an alteration of a compound of their cognates (forms such as pomello and pomolo suggest the influence of pome or its cognates, but the hypothesised compound of pome + melon (or mutatis mutandis) is unattested). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After ensuring that the dogs are securely tied up, my sister and I undertake a brave walk through the front yard inhaling the fragrant roses and jasmine of many varieties, discussing if the lone “bubbleemoose” aka pomelo was ripe enough to be eaten.

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  • The large citrus is called pomelo to everyone else.

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  • Yum som-o, alternately found as yam or even yaam som-o, is quite simply pomelo salad (som-o means "pomelo").

    Bangkok's Pomelo Salad Can Be Dressed Up or Down

  • Newley Purnell for the Wall Street Journal On this side street, between Langsuan and Tonson roads, vendors sell fried rice, noodles, stir-fried vegetables, watermelon and pomelo by the slice, fresh spring rolls, deep-fried bananas and more.

    Eating in Southeast Asia

  • Oh yes, I love pomelo, the texture is so much fun - popping the thingies with my tongue ... whatever they're called.

    An epiphany about grapefruit | Homesick Texan

  • This was evidently named by someone who has never seen either a lime or a melon, let alone a pomelo.

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  • This grapefruit-pomelo cross was developed by California breeders in the 1950s, but its often green exterior turned off consumers.

    News You Can Eat

  • This nameless neighborhood is a haunt of the stylish, and people-watching vantage points range from teahouses and corner fruit stands (sample some pomelo or other local produce) to hip lounge bars like 2046.

    After Hours: Taipei

  • The hotel also offers spectacular Chinese cuisine at Tim's Kitchen, which serves Cantonese delicacies such as glass shrimps, pomelo peels with shrimp roe and snake soup.

    A Good Meal’s No Gamble

  • The pomelo fruit being so large, the tree can only burden itself with few fruits; and the blossoms are few to begin with.

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