Definition of "citrus" []

  • Any of various evergreen, usually spiny shrubs or trees of the genus Citrus, such as the grapefruit, lemon, or orange, native to southern and southeast Asia, having leathery, aromatic, unifoliolate compound leaves and widely cultivated for their juicy edible fruits that have a leathery aromatic rind. (noun)
  • The fruit of any of these plants. (noun)
  • Of or relating to any of the citrus plants or their fruits. (adjective)
  • Any tree or shrub of the tropical and subtropical rutaceous genus Citrus, which includes the orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, citron, and calamondin (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of, relating to, or belonging to the genus Citrus or to the fruits of plants of this genus (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "citrus" in a sentence
  • "Lemon, lime and orange all get top marks from me when citrus is in season."
  • "Adding zest from fresh citrus is one of the easiest and best ways to brighten up the flavor of a dish, or to infuse an extra burst into some baked goods."
  • "I've also got one pot of strawberry; its dormant at the moment; We're too hot in Sydney for many pom fruit to take; citrus is our best bet."