Origin of bergamot
noun, plural Ber·ga·mos.
Origin of Bergamo1
Examples from the Web for bergamot
Historical Examples of bergamot
No more were bergamot or southern-wood, although vegetable in their nature.My Lady Ludlow
Perfume with oil of bergamot or any other perfume preferred.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
Is it tufted with myrtle, or shaded with a grove of lemon, orange, and bergamot?'The Heroine
Eaton Stannard Barrett
Since you did not disdain my gifts, I send you some conserves of roses, jessamine, and bergamot.Letters to an Unknown
Then Nancy Levett came, bringing with her a milliner, Mrs. Bergamot.The Chaplain of the Fleet
Walter Besant and James Rice
- wild bergamota North American plant, Monarda fistulosa, with clusters of purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
- a garden plant of the same genus, usually M. didyma (bee balm), grown for its scarlet or pink flowers
Word Origin for bergamot
type of citrus tree, also its fruit, both similar to bitter orange, and the essence prepared from the oil of the rind of the fruit, 1690s, from French bergamote (17c.), from Italian bergamotta, named for Bergamo, town in Italy. The name is Roman Bergamum, from a Celtic or Ligurian berg "mountain," cognate with the identical Germanic word.
Earlier (1610s) as a kind of pear deemed especially luscious, in this sense ultimately a Romanic folk-etymologization from Turkish beg-armudi "prince's pear" or "prince of pears," influenced in form by the other word, but probably not from it (the town is on the opposite end of the peninsula from where the pear grows). Also used of garden plants of the mint order with a smell like that of oil of bergamot.