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[greyp-froot] /ˈgreɪpˌfrut/
a large, roundish, yellow-skinned, edible citrus fruit having a juicy, acid pulp.
the tropical or semitropical tree, Citrus paradisi, yielding this fruit.
Origin of grapefruit
1805-15; grape + fruit, apparently from the resemblance of its clusters to those of grapes Unabridged
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  • Dispose the dressed pineapple and grapefruit upon shredded lettuce, having a circle of heart leaves around the edge.

  • The grapefruit shells were cleaned away and the soup served.

    The First One Herbert D. Kastle
  • Clancy lowered her eyes to the grapefruit which the waitress had brought.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • grapefruit, broiled salt codfish, baked potatoes, corn muffins.

  • Their market is in the North among the northern sanatoria where you can smell their grapefruit and bananas across the cold snows.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for grapefruit


noun (pl) -fruit, -fruits
a tropical or subtropical cultivated evergreen rutaceous tree, Citrus paradisi
the large round edible fruit of this tree, which has yellow rind and juicy slightly bitter pulp
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Word Origin and History for grapefruit

1814, from grape + fruit. So called because it grows in clusters. The fruit itself was known since 1693 (in Hans Sloane's catalogue of Jamaican plants); presumably it originated there from chance hybrids between other cultivated citrus. It was known by various names before the current one emerged. An ornamental plant chiefly at first, not much eaten until late 19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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