Definitions

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

  • n. A spiny, Asian evergreen tree (Citrus limon) widely cultivated for its yellow, egg-shaped fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this tree, having a yellow aromatic rind and juicy, acid pulp.
  • n. Lemon yellow.
  • n. Informal One that is unsatisfactory or defective: Their new car turned out to be a lemon.
  • adj. Lemon-yellow.
  • adj. Made from lemons.
  • adj. Tasting or smelling like lemons.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A yellowish citrus fruit.
  • n. A semitropical evergreen tree, Citrus limon, that bears such fruits.
  • n. A taste or flavour/flavor of lemons.
  • n. A more or less bright shade of yellow associated with lemon fruits.
  • n. A defective or inadequate item.
  • n. Smart; cheeky, vocal.
  • n. favour, favor.
  • n. A piece of fanfiction involving explicit sex.
  • adj. Containing or having the flavour/flavor and/or scent of lemons.
  • adj. Of the pale yellow colour/color of lemons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An oval or roundish fruit resembling the orange, and containing a pulp usually intensely acid. It is produced by a tropical tree of the genus Citrus, the common fruit known in commerce being that of the species Citrus Limonum or Citrus Medica (var. Limonum). There are many varieties of the fruit, some of which are sweet.
  • n. The tree which bears lemons; the lemon tree.
  • n. a European species of sole (Solea pegusa).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the rutaceous tree Citrus Medica, var. Limonum.
  • n. The tree that yields this fruit.
  • n. The borhame or sand-sole, a kind of flatfish. See lemon-sole, 1.
  • n. Having lemon as a principal ingredient; impregnated or flavored with lemon: as, lemon candy.
  • n. Of the color of a lemon; lemon-colored: as, lemon silk.

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

  • n. a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
  • n. a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit
  • n. a strong yellow color
  • n. yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh
  • n. an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory

Etymologies

Middle English limon, from Old French, from Old Italian limone, from Arabic laymūn, līmūn, from Persian līmūn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French lymon ("citrus"), from Arabic ليمون (laymūn) or Ottoman Turkish لیمون (limun), from Persian لیمو (limu). Cognate with Sanskrit निम्ब (nimbū, "lime"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For the tapenade aïoli• ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped• 1 tablespoon capers, drained• 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped• Zest of 1 lemon• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice• 1 teaspoon honey• ½ cup prepared mayonnaise• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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  • Some sponges were soaked in lemon juice, something that actually worked because lemon is a mild spermicide.

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  • The most common use of the term "lemon" is when it is applied to low-quality cars offered for sale in a used car market.

  • Like Ms. Hesser, I believe that the lemon is a sparkler and a "desert island" item.

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  • Keep up the good work, even if the lemon is the single worst icon you can use for a product.

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  • Besides, it was soothing to sit on the yacht's deck under a pale green awning, drinking what I call a lemon squash, and Potter and Sally obstinately believe to be lemonade.

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  • I think the tree we're going to graft with the lemon is exactly as you describe yours - VERY sour fruit, many suckers - whatever it is, it sounds like what you are describing so turning it into a lemon tree seemed like a good idea to us.

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  • Just as we unthinkingly — almost unconsciously — “know” a lemon is yellow, we instantly know that sin and crime are black and that grace and virtue are white.

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  • Al-Safa uses a combination of both curly and flat Italian parsley, and lets it marinate overnight in lemon juice, giving it a very distinct and refreshing flavor.

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  • The sumac, which has a sour taste akin to lemon, is what gives za'atar its red color.

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  • nom nom nom. mmmmmm. lemons!

    December 9, 2009

  • the yellowish, acid fruit of a subtropical citrus tree, Citrus limon. According to www.dictionary.com: Although we know neither where the lemon was first grown nor when it first came to Europe, we know from its name that it came to us from the Middle East because we can trace its etymological path. One of the earliest occurrences of our word is found in a Middle English customs document of 1420-1421. The Middle English word limon goes back to Old French limon, showing that yet another delicacy passed into England through France. The Old French word probably came from Italian limone, another step on the route that leads back to the Arabic word laymūn or līmūn, which comes from the Persian word līmūn.

    August 31, 2009

  • "juicy acidic flesh"!? a somewhat unsettling phrase.

    November 22, 2008

  • The last WeirdNet definition is: 'a man-made object taken as a whole'.

    Why? Because the second-to-last is a subcategory of artifact.

    August 7, 2008