Origin of pomeloaltered (prob. based on pome) ; from earlier pomplemous ; from Dutch pompelmoes, shaddock
also pum·me·lo or pum·e·lo
nounpl. pom·e·los also pum·me·los or pum·e·los
- A tropical Southeast Asian tree (Citrus maxima) closely related to the grapefruit and having very large round fruit with a thick rind and coarse-grained pulp.
- The edible yellow fruit of this tree. In both senses also called shaddock.
Origin of pomeloProbably alteration of pompelmous.
Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of Dutch pampelmoes (“shaddock"); alternatively, perhaps an alteration of a compound of the obsolete pome (“apple") + melon, or an alteration of a compound of their cognates (forms such as pomello and pomolo suggest the influence of pome or its cognates, but the hypothesised compound of pome + melon (mutatis mutandis) is unattested).