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

  • n. A berry having a thickened leathery rind and juicy pulp divided into segments, as an orange or other citrus fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several kinds of berries having pulpy interiors, and leathery skins containing aromatic oils. Includes citrus fruit such as the lemon and lime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large berry with a thick rind, as a lemon or an orange.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a fleshy fruit with a leathery rind, formed from a free many-celled ovary: a mere variety of the berry.


New Latin, from Hesperides, land where golden apples grow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Linnaeus gave the name Hesperideae to an order containing the genus Citrus, in allusion to the golden apples of the Hesperides. The hesperid- stem is now used to form technical terms, such as hesperidin, relating to the citrus fruits. (Wiktionary)


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