Definition of citron in English:

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citron

Pronunciation: /ˈsitrən/

noun

1A shrubby Asian tree that bears large fruits similar to lemons, but with flesh that is less acid and peels that are thicker and more fragrant.
  • Citrus medica, family Rutaceae; one of the ancestors of modern commercial citrus fruits.
1.1The fruit of the citron tree.
Example sentences
  • For most of us, the word ‘citrus’ conjures up images of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes - and possibly citrons or blood oranges, if you're a true connoisseur of fruit.
  • The citron was the first citrus fruit to reach Europe, which is why the whole group of fruits is called after one of its less important members.
  • Ignoring citron tart and chocolate orange cake, sticky toffee pudding would be just fine but there was none left.

Origin

Early 16th century (denoting the fruit): from French, from Latin citrus 'citron tree', on the pattern of limon 'lemon'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cit·ron

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