- any of a genus (Citrus) of trees and shrubs of the rue family, that bear oranges, lemons, limes, or other such fruit
- any such fruit
Origin of citrusModern Latin from L, citron tree (from source Classical Greek kitron), probably via Etruscan from base of Classical Greek kedros, juniper, cedar
of these trees and shrubs
also sp. cit′rous
nounpl. citrus, or cit·rus·es
- Any of various evergreen, usually spiny shrubs or trees of the genus Citrus and other genera in the family Rutaceae, such as the grapefruit, lemon, and orange, native to South and Southeast Asia and widely cultivated for their juicy edible fruits with a leathery aromatic rind.
- The fruit of any of these plants.
Of or relating to any of the citrus plants or their fruits.
Origin of citrusLatin citron tree
- Any of several shrubs or trees of the family Rutaceae.
- The fruit of such plants, generally spherical, oblate, or prolate, consisting of an outer glandular skin called zest, an inner white skin, and generally between 8 and 16 sectors filled with pulp consisting of cells with one end attached to the inner skin. Citrus fruits include orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and citron.
- Of, or relating to citrus plants or fruit.
From Latin citrus (“citron tree, thuja”).
From Latin citrus.