bergamot definition by Webster's New World
- a small evergreen tree (Citrus bergamia) of the rue family, grown in S Europe
- its pear-shaped, inedible citrus fruit
- an oil extracted from the rind of this fruit, used widely in perfumery
- any of several aromatic North American herbs (genera Monarda and Mentha) of the mint family, as horsemint or Oswego tea
Origin: French bergamote ; from Italian bergamotta ; from Turkish beg-armûdī, prince's pear (; from beg, bey plush armūdi, pear); form influenced, influence by Bergamo
bergamot definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A small tree (Citrus aurantium subsp. bergamia) commercially grown chiefly in southern Italy for its sour citrus fruits, the rinds of which yield an aromatic oil. Also called bergamot orange.b. The oil itself, used extensively in perfumery. Also called bergamot oil.
- See bee balm.
Origin: French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta, from Turkish dialectal beg-armudu, bey's pear : beg, bey; see bey + armud, pear + -u, possessive suff.