American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical or semitropical evergreen (Citrus paradisi) cultivated for its edible fruit.
- n. The large, round fruit of this tree, having a yellow rind and juicy, somewhat acid pulp.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The pomelo, a smaller variety of the shaddock, Citrus decumana: so called in the markets of the northern cities of the United States, probably from its grape-like flavor. It is now successfully cultivated in Florida. See pomelo, shaddock.
- n. The tree of the species Citrus paradisi.
- n. The large spherical tart fruit produced by this tree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- The shaddock.
- n. A citrus tree (Citrus paradisi) bearing large round edible fruit having a thick yellow rind and juicy somewhat acid pulp.
- n. The large yellow fruit of the Citrus paradisi, having somewhat acid juicy pulp. It is a popular breakfast food.
- n. large yellow fruit with somewhat acid juicy pulp; usual serving consists of a half
- n. citrus tree bearing large round edible fruit having a thick yellow rind and juicy somewhat acid pulp
- From grape + fruit, an allusion to the grapelike clusters of fruit on the tree. Ciardi proposes another theory. The pummelo's botanical name was Citrus grandis, meaning "great citrus [fruit]", due to the large size of the fruits. It would be natural to call the new pummelo variety a "greatfruit". By saying that name a few times, with its consonant cluster, it sounds like "grapefruit", and it would easily have morphed to that form. This second suggestion is completely speculative, without attestation, but seems much more reasonable than the equally speculative "grape cluster" theory. Actually, pummelo fruits do not not grow in grapelike clusters. (Wiktionary)
- Probably so called because the fruit grows in clusters. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If you're wondering about the name grapefruit, it references the fact that the fruit grows in grape-like clusters on the tree.”
“My co-worker brought in a huge bag of grapefruit from the Valley (yes, the Texas valley).”
“We just enjoyed some grapefruit from a neighbor whose parents live near Harlingen, TX.”
“Up to this point, I have had to slice all of the individual sectors with a knife which takes way too long especially when the anticipation of eating the grapefruit is too much to stand already.”
“Grapefruit: Everyone knows the juiciest, largest and sweetest ruby red grapefruit comes from the Rio Grande Valley.”
“Instead, I live in the pedestrian community of Ajijic where I pick my morning grapefruit from the garden tree every morning in season.”
“It's not that I don't like the idea of grapefruit, it's not that I have anything against grapefruit, its not that a grapefruit scared me as a child, it's just that I would probably starve to death if that's all there were to eat.”
“(I didn't like the idea of grapefruit blowing up in my mouth) and Wintermint Complete Oral Experience! which, living in Chicago, sounds like something you can get down on North Avenue for 50 bucks.”
“You can be grateful that I've brought one for you, too, and not a sour grapefruit, which is what you deserve. ”
“The reporter's question was what journalists called a grapefruit – a question that was supposed to look like a tough inquiry but was in fact a scripted favor to the senator – a slow lob pitch that her father could line up and smash out of the park, clearing the air about a few things.”
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