- a variety or mutation of peach having a smooth, downless skin.
Origin of nectarine
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Examples from the Web for nectarine
Where peach and nectarine trees are managed with this paint, they are very rarely either hide-bound or attacked by insects.
One of the peaches was almost as smooth on one side as a nectarine.
These dishes are all gold, and I'm eating birds of paradise with nectarine sauce.Marjorie's Busy Days
When the nectarine yields a peach, the character is restored.
The nectarine is one of the most interesting phenomena in horticulture.
- a variety of peach tree, Prunus persica nectarina
- the fruit of this tree, which has a smooth skin
C17: apparently from nectar
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Word Origin and History for nectarine
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