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apricot

[ ap-ri-kot, ey-pri- ]
/ ˈæp rɪˌkɒt, ˈeɪ prɪ- /
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noun

the downy, yellow, sometimes rosy fruit, somewhat resembling a small peach, of the tree Prunus armeniaca.
the tree itself.
a pinkish yellow or yellowish pink.
Also called wild apricot. Chiefly South Midland U.S. the maypop vine and its fruit; passionfruit.

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Origin of apricot

1545–55; <Middle French abricot<Portuguese albricoque or Spanish albar(i)coque<Arabic al the + barqūq<Medieval Greek <Late Latin praecocquum, for Latin (persicum) praecox literally, early-ripening peach, perhaps referring to the apricot (see peach1, precocious); replacing earlier abrecock<Portuguese or Spanish; later p for Middle French b perhaps <Latin praecox
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British Dictionary definitions for apricot

apricot
/ (ˈeɪprɪˌkɒt) /

noun

a rosaceous tree, Prunus armeniaca, native to Africa and W Asia, but widely cultivated for its edible fruit
the downy yellow juicy edible fruit of this tree, which resembles a small peach

Word Origin for apricot

C16: earlier apricock, from Portuguese (albricoque) or Spanish, from Arabic al-birqūq the apricot, from Late Greek praikokion, from Latin praecox early-ripening; see precocious
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