bitter orange

  1. See under orange (def. 2).

Origin of bitter orange

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

Words Nearby bitter orange Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bitter orange in a sentence

  • Like all citrus fruits, the Seville orange—also known as the bitter orange, or sour orange—is best when firm and heavy, becoming soft and somewhat mushy with age.

    These oranges are for a lot more than juicing | By Carlos C. Olaechea/Saveur | February 15, 2021 | Popular-Science
  • Here the shrubby growth, chosen for its neat form and comparatively rapid development, is the bitter orange.

    The Khedive's Country | George Manville Fenn
  • That obtained from the flowers of the Bigaradier, or bitter orange, is the finer and more expensive quality.

  • Above it a dense rank of bitter orange-trees overhung the sidewalk, their dark mass of foliage glittering in the moonlight.

    Dr. Sevier | George W. Cable
  • There was only a little round window at the bitter orange Company.

    Bliss, and Other Stories | Katherine Mansfield
  • Then she must try a bitter orange, then a sour bitter one, then a sweet lemon, then a huge fruit of triple verjuice flavor.

    A Trip to Cuba | Julia Ward Howe

British Dictionary definitions for bitter orange

bitter orange

  1. another name for Seville orange

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