Definitions

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

  • n. A small evergreen citrus tree (├ŚCitrofortunella mitis), widely cultivated as a houseplant for its glossy foliage and ornamental fruits.
  • n. The sour fruit of this plant, resembling a small tangerine and sometimes used as a flavoring or for beverages, sauces, or marmalades.

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  • n. A small decorative evergreen citrus tree, of the species Citrofortunella mitis, sometimes cultivated for its fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.

Etymologies

Tagalog kalamunding.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "similar to the tangerine"; kalamansi, meanwhile, also known as calamondin orange, is a naturally-occurring hybrid between a type of tangerine and a type of kumquat.

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  • Also in its startling repertoire are foraged wild mushrooms, a beefsteak tomato carved tableside, fiddlehead ferns, acid-tinged calamondin oranges today called calamansi, and those now ubiquitous but then obscure cherry tomatoes and snow peas.

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  • The calamondin or calamansi, also a diminutive citrus, is probably derived in part from the kumquat.

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  • Here are two varieties of lavender flowers; citrus trees, bearing sour oranges, lemons and calamondin; jasmine vines in bloom, winding up pillars; crepe-myrtle, safflower, rosemary and valerian arrayed in geometric beds.

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  • dryly, as Just your everyday mix of sea anemone, raw rabbit brains, oysters, and calamondin

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