- 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
Related Words for apricotcantaloupe, bittersweet, titian, peach, apricot, coral, salmon, carrot, tangerine
Examples from the Web for apricot
Contemporary Examples of apricot
When cool, remove from tin and brush cake with the apricot jelly.Sweet Brits
April 4, 2011
A pluot is a hybrid of plum and apricot, dominated by plummy characteristics and lighter on the apricot.The Secrets of Hybrid Fruit
January 22, 2010
Pour half of the syrupy liquid over the pandoro and apricot base.Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Easy Trifle
The Daily Beast
December 23, 2008
Historical Examples of apricot
When it thickens, pour over the apricot and apples, and bake for half an hour.
Put the butter about them in little pieces, and spread over the apricot jam.
Raspberry, peach and apricot ice creams are made the same way.
Peach, apricot and blackberry soufles are made the same way.
Why do you suppose we put your apricot suit right in the front?Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
- 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
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.