A city and port on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, forming a southern suburb of the Tel Aviv conurbation and since 1949 united with Tel Aviv; population (with Tel Aviv) 392,500 (est. 2008). Inhabited since prehistoric times, Jaffa was a Byzantine bishopric until captured by the Arabs in 636; later, it was a stronghold of the Crusaders.
A large oval orange of a thick-skinned variety.‘Chilled soup of Jaffa orange and natural yoghurt and oregano ice cream is served in the summer.’
- ‘The campaign wants to prevent us from eating artichokes and Jaffa oranges.’
- ‘Jaffas, also known as Shamouti oranges, are an important Mediterranean orange mostly associated with Israel, and are fragrant and pleasantly sweet.’
Late 19th century from Jaffa in Israel, near where the fruit was first grown.