[ap-ri-kot, ey-pri-]


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.

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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Examples from the Web for apricot

Contemporary Examples of apricot

  • When cool, remove from tin and brush cake with the apricot jelly.

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    Sweet Brits

    Lydia Brownlow

    April 4, 2011

  • A pluot is a hybrid of plum and apricot, dominated by plummy characteristics and lighter on the apricot.

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    The Secrets of Hybrid Fruit

    Stacey Slate

    January 22, 2010

  • Pour half of the syrupy liquid over the pandoro and apricot base.

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    Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Easy Trifle

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    December 23, 2008

Historical Examples of apricot

  • When it thickens, pour over the apricot and apples, and bake for half an hour.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Put the butter about them in little pieces, and spread over the apricot jam.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Raspberry, peach and apricot ice creams are made the same way.

    Desserts and Salads

    Gesine Lemcke

  • Peach, apricot and blackberry soufles are made the same way.

    Desserts and Salads

    Gesine Lemcke

  • Why do you suppose we put your apricot suit right in the front?

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

British Dictionary definitions for apricot



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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Word Origin and History for apricot

1550s, abrecock, from Catalan abercoc, related to Portuguese albricoque, from Arabic al-birquq, through Byzantine Greek berikokkia from Latin (malum) praecoquum "early-ripening (fruit)" (see precocious). Form assimilated to French abricot.

Latin praecoquis early-ripe, can probably be attributed to the fact that the fruit was considered a variety of peach that ripened sooner than other peaches .... [Barnhart]

The older Latin name for it was prunum Armeniacum or malum Armeniacum, in reference to supposed origin in Armenia. As a color name, first attested 1906.

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