Definition of pomelo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmələʊ
, ˈpʌm-/
(also pummelo)

noun (plural pomelos)

  • 1The largest of the citrus fruits, with a thick yellow skin and bitter pulp which resembles grapefruit in flavour. Also called shaddock.
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    • Slightly larger and heavier than its sister ‘Oroblanco’, ‘Melogold’ expresses more of its pummelo than grapefruit heritage.
    • In fact the grapefruit is simply a hybrid between a pomelo and an orange.
    • Melogolds and Oroblancos are different hybrids from pummelo and grapefruit parents.
  • 2The tree which bears the pomelo.
    • Citrus maxima, family Rutaceae
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    • After the fall of the Roman Empire the Arabs cultivated and disseminated the bitter orange, pomelo, lime, and sweet orange, between the 12th and 15th centuries.
    • Since the plants are not that profitable I’m planning to plant some fruit bearing trees like rambutan, durian or pomelo in between crops.


mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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