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navel orange

a seedless variety of orange having at the apex a navellike formation containing a small secondary fruit.
Origin of navel orange
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He picked up a navel orange, and pointing to the navel said, "What is that?"

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • The navel orange is seedless and exceedingly sweet, although lacking somewhat in the spicy flavor found in other varieties.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • The navel orange, although not native to California, reaches its finest development in that State.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for navel orange

navel orange

a sweet orange that is usually seedless and has at its apex a navel-like depression enclosing an underdeveloped secondary fruit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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