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tangerine

[tan-juh-reen, tan-juh-reen] /ˌtæn dʒəˈrin, ˈtæn dʒəˌrin/
noun
1.
Also called mandarin, mandarin orange. any of several varieties of mandarin, cultivated widely, especially in the U.S.
2.
deep orange; reddish orange.
adjective
3.
of the color tangerine; reddish-orange.
Origin of tangerine
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  • Well, that taught my father a lesson, and after that he saved all his tangerine peels.

    My Father's Dragon Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • There was tangerine Willy, who first met them carrying a bag of oranges.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • The Mandarin or tangerine orange has a thin rind which separates easily from the pulp, and is very sweet and rich.

  • This feat appears to be very difficult, but it is not; the weight of the tangerine helps you.

    Water Wizardry Arthur Ainslie
  • The most popular orange is the tangerine, or kid glove orange as it is sometimes called; many of these are exported.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan
  • Melt in a pan a lump of butter the size of a tangerine orange and squeeze on it the juice of half a lemon.

  • Keep orange, lemon, grape fruit or tangerine cups in cracked ice or ice water until just before serving, then drain and wipe dry.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • When she had slowly sucked up that beverage, prodding the slice of tangerine with her straws, they went out and took a cab.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for tangerine

tangerine

/ˌtændʒəˈriːn/
noun
1.
an Asian citrus tree, Citrus reticulata, cultivated for its small edible orange-like fruits
2.
the fruit of this tree, having a loose rind and sweet spicy flesh
3.
  1. a reddish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective): a tangerine door
Word Origin
C19: from Tangier

Tangerine

/ˌtændʒəˈriːn/
noun
1.
a native of inhabitant of Tangier
adjective
2.
of or relating to Tangier or its inhabitants
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Word Origin and History for tangerine
n.

1842, from tangerine orange (1841) "an orange from Tangier," seaport in northern Morocco, from which it was originally imported to Britain. The place name is from Latin Tinge. As a color name, attested from 1899.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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