Origin of bergamot
Definition for bergamot (2 of 2)
noun, plural Ber·ga·mos.
Origin of Bergamo1
Examples from the Web for bergamot
“Lemon juice” for use on shipboard is prepared also from the fruits of limes and Bergamot oranges.
We suppose we shall soon have him Promoting the Growth of the Hair, in combination with essence of rose, violet, or bergamot.Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)|Various
Take out the alkanet root, and put in two pennyworth of essence of lemon, and a few drops of bergamot.
Dr Cattell scents it with the oils of origanum and bergamot instead of cinnamon.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
Two drachms of bergamot, and a few drops of attar of roses would suffice.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners|B.G. Jefferis
British Dictionary definitions for bergamot (1 of 2)
- wild bergamot a 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
British Dictionary definitions for bergamot (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History 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.