1A shrubby Asian tree that bears large fruits similar to lemons, but with flesh that is less acid and peels that are thicker and more fragrant.
Citrus medica, family Rutaceae; one of the ancestors of modern commercial citrus fruits
- 1.1The fruit of the citron tree.‘For most of us, the word ‘citrus’ conjures up images of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes - and possibly citrons or blood oranges, if you're a true connoisseur of fruit.’
- ‘The citron was the first citrus fruit to reach Europe, which is why the whole group of fruits is called after one of its less important members.’
- ‘Ignoring citron tart and chocolate orange cake, sticky toffee pudding would be just fine but there was none left.’
- ‘Most other citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, citrons, naturally sweet oranges and tangerines are considered safe.’
- ‘Fruitcake orange peel is strong and slightly sweet in the nose, as is candied lemon peel and citron.’
- ‘Its ultra-fresh, delicate fragrance draws on cardamom, citron, geranium and coriander.’
- ‘In the back are pots containing a fruit paradise of quinces, medlars, lemons, pomegranates, citrons, even a limequat that apparently makes a mean marmalade.’
- ‘The citron, like the lemon and lime, is native to NE India, where it was used from early times as a perfume and in medicine.’
- ‘Another treat were these thick slices of candied citron dipped in pure dark chocolate.’
- ‘It certainly got better the following day though, with the taste of citrons and the herb being more pronounced.’
- ‘Cardamom seeds and candied citron may be difficult to find; try the local health food store.’
- ‘It is said that a sailor secretly brought citrons from China hidden inside his wide sleeves on his voyage to Namhae a thousand years ago.’
- ‘Chop the citron and nuts, if you did not buy them pre-chopped.’
- 1.1The fruit of the citron tree.
Early 16th century (denoting the fruit): from French, from Latin citrus ‘citron tree’, on the pattern of limon ‘lemon’.