from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tree, Citrus decumana, of the orange genus; also, its fruit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A tree (Citrus decumana) and its fruit, which is a large species of orange; -- called also forbidden fruit, and pompelmous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pomelo
  • noun grapefruit

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

  • noun large pear-shaped fruit similar to grapefruit but with coarse dry pulp
  • noun southeastern Asian tree producing large fruits resembling grapefruits


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

[Probably alteration of earlier chaddock, probably after Captain Philip Chaddock, 17th-century English trader who perhaps introduced the fruit to Barbados.]



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Grapefruits -- originally called shaddocks -- and limes were also imported from the West Indies, but neither initially found favour."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 156

    January 16, 2017