Definition of nectarine in English:


Syllabification: nec·tar·ine
Pronunciation: /ˌnektəˈrēn


  • 1A peach of a variety with smooth, thin, brightly colored skin and rich firm flesh.
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    • Infestations of grapes are often due to a buildup in other soft fruits such as figs, apricots, peaches, nectarines, or citrus.
    • White nectarines and peaches are fine, but the yellow nectarine is really something else - smooth-skinned and warmly sweet and the color of sunshine.
    • Heat the olive oil in a small skillet, add the nectarine flesh, the balsamic vinegar, pepper flakes, cumin seeds and 1 Tbsp lime juice.
  • 1.1The tree bearing the nectarine.
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    • A tub of bulbs (I can't remember whether they're the snowdrops or the tulips) are pushing through; the nectarine in the sun room is growing leaves and flower buds and the blueberries outside are also budding.
    • More than 50 varieties of peaches, nectarines, apricots and low-chill plums grew in Sam's orchard, but many were recently lost to floods.
    • At Comebella she planted orchards - oranges, lemons, apples, nectarines, peaches; and a great luscious garden of trees and flowers enclosed the farmhouse.


early 17th century (also used as an adjective meaning 'nectarlike'): from nectar + -ine4.

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