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[si-truh n] /ˈsɪ trən/
a pale-yellow fruit resembling the lemon but larger and with thicker rind, borne by a small tree or large bush, Citrus medica, allied to the lemon and lime.
the tree itself.
the rind of the fruit, candied and preserved.
a grayish-green yellow color.
having the color citron.
Origin of citron
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Italian citrone < Latin citr(us) citrus + Italian -one augmentative suffix Unabridged
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  • You may reserve the citron to put in when you make the pies.

  • Stir in bits of citron cut thin, and bake in hearts and rounds.

  • The three women brought their lilies, their great sprays of citron aloes.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Only let him go near it, and he will at once bite the top off the citron.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • He gave father some cotton-wool into which he might nest the citron.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Go and open the cupboard, take out the citron, and bite me off.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Through the glass door, he saw the box containing the citron.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Before the citron was rightly in my hands, the top of it was between my teeth.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • It was for nothing he had spoiled the citron, and rendered it unfit for use.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
British Dictionary definitions for citron


a small Asian rutaceous tree, Citrus medica, having lemon-like fruit with a thick aromatic rind See also citron wood
the fruit of this tree
Also called citron melon. a variety of watermelon, Citrullus vulgaris citroides, that has an inedible fruit with a hard rind
the rind of either of these fruits, candied and used for decoration and flavouring of foods
a greenish-yellow colour
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Old Provençal, from Latin citrus citrus tree
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Word Origin and History for citron

late 14c., also citrine (early 15c.), from Old French citron "citron, lemon" (14c.), possibly from Old Provençal citron, from Latin citrus and influenced by lemon; or else from augmentative of Latin *citrum, related to citrus "citron tree," citreum (malum) "citron" (see citrus).

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