from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small spiny evergreen tree (Citrus reticulata) native to Southeast Asia, widely cultivated for its sweet edible fruit.
- noun The small, loose-skinned, orange-yellow to deep orange-red fruit of this tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A shrub or small tree (
Citrus reticulata) having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to Southeast Asia.
- noun Same as
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A small citrus tree (Citrus reticulata) with fruit resembling the
- noun The fruit of this tree, smaller than an orange and
oblate. In daily usage, it may include other similar citrusfruits like Citrus unshiu ( satsumaor mikan) and Citrus tangerina ( tangerine).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China
- noun shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French mandarine, from Spanish mandarina, feminine of mandarín, mandarin; see mandarin.]
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treeseed commented on the word mandarin orange
Canned mandarin segments are peeled to remove the white pith prior to canning; otherwise, they turn bitter. Segments are peeled using a chemical process. First, the segments are scalded in hot water to loosen the skin; then they are bathed in a lye solution which digests the albedo and membranes. Finally, the segments undergo several rinses in plain water.
I always thought these things didn't look natural.
January 30, 2008