- a small, yellowish-orange fruit that is closely related to the peach and plum
- any of various prunus trees bearing this fruit
- a yellowish-orange color
Origin of apricotFrench abricot ; from Portuguese albricoque ; from Arabic al-birq?q ; from Late Greek praikokion ; from Classical Latin praecoquum, early matured (fruit) ; from prae-, beforehand + coquere, ripen, cook
- a. A deciduous tree (Prunus armeniaca) native to Asia, having alternate leaves and clusters of usually white flowers.b. The edible orange-yellow fruit of this tree.
- A moderate, light, or strong orange to strong orange-yellow.
Origin of apricotAlteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-barq&umacron;q, the plum : al-, the + barq&umacron;q, plum (from Greek praikokion, apricot, from Latin praecoquus, ripe early : prae-, pre- + coquere, to cook, ripen; see pekw- in Indo-European roots).
- A round sweet and juicy stone fruit, resembling peach or plum in taste, with a yellow-orange flesh, lightly fuzzy skin and a large seed inside.
- The apricot tree, Prunus armeniaca
- A pale yellow-orange colour, like that of an apricot fruit.
- A dog with an orange-coloured coat.
- (sniper slang) the junction of the brain and brain stem on a target, used as an aiming point to ensure a one-shot kill.
(comparative more apricot, superlative most apricot)
- Of a pale yellowish-orange colour, like that of an apricot.
Alteration (under the influence of French abricot) of apricock, itself an alteration (under influence of Latin apricum (“sunny place”)) of abrecock, from dialectal Catalan abrecoc, abercoc, variant of standard albercoc, from Arabic البرقوق (al-barqūq, “plums”), from Byzantine Greek βερικοκκία (berikokkia) (pl.), from Ancient Greek πραικὄκιον (praikokion), from Late Latin (persica) præcocia (pl.), (mālum) præcoquum, neuter of Latin (persicum) præcox, literally 'over-ripe peach'.