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

  • n. See sour orange.
  • n. A rich sauce served with duck, consisting of thickened stock flavored with the rind of bitter oranges, lemon juice, and sugar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bitter or Seville orange, Citrus Aurantium, variety Bigaradia.

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

  • n. any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock


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

French, from Provençal bigarrado, from past participle of bigarrar, to variegate, from Old French bigarrer : bi-, two (from Latin; see bi-1) + garrer, to variegate (from garre, of two colors).


  • Cold-pressing the fruit peel yields bigarade, the essential oil of the bitter orange; distilling the twigs gives you petitgrain; and the orange blossoms provide you with neroli.

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  • Ther names for the bitter orange tree are Seville orange, sour orange and bigarade orange.

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  • As this scent developed, the woody notes began to intensify and deepen, and the orange became a little bitter, more of a bigarade than a mandarin.

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  • To anyone who has spent enough time with Citrus Bigarade and C/Bigarade Concentree, the difference in the quality of the bigarade note will be obvious.

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  • If you like that sort of thing its a good buy, but it really can't compare to the startling quality of the bigarade note in Citrus Bigarade it also has to do with the modern synthetics that are used both in Bigarade Concentree and the Cologne version.

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  • I don't like Vet Extra much, really do prefer the cumin / cedar / bigarade mix of BC over the Creed, and MI and SMW make me feel ill...

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  • Impervious to scandalized looks from better dressed diners, I slowly ate, with Humber's establishment in mind, a perfect and enormous dinner of lobster, duck bigarade, lemon souffle, and brie, and drank most of a bottle of Chateau Leauville Lescases 1948.

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  • For instance, my good man, _caneton à la bigarade_, or duckling garnished with the oozy, saliva-provoking sauce of the peel of bitter oranges.

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  • The "petale" and "bigarade" neroli are used to an enormous extent in the manufacture of eau de Cologne and other handkerchief perfumes.

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  • The perfume opens as top note with a fresh, ozone-tangerine blossom blend with a hint of cassis, complemented with neroli bigarade and crisp watery nuances.

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