[ si-truhn ]

  1. a pale-yellow fruit resembling the lemon but larger and with thicker rind, borne by a small tree or large bush, Citrus medica, allied to the lemon and lime.

  2. the tree itself.

  1. the rind of the fruit, candied and preserved.

  2. a grayish-green yellow color.

  1. having the color citron.

Origin of citron

1375–1425; late Middle English <Middle French <Italian citrone<Latin citr(us) citrus + Italian -one augmentative suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for citron


/ (ˈsɪtrən) /

  1. a small Asian rutaceous tree, Citrus medica, having lemon-like fruit with a thick aromatic rind: See also citron wood

  2. the fruit of this tree

  1. Also called: citron melon a variety of watermelon, Citrullus vulgaris citroides, that has an inedible fruit with a hard rind

  2. the rind of either of these fruits, candied and used for decoration and flavouring of foods

  3. a greenish-yellow colour

Origin of citron

C16: from Old French, from Old Provençal, from Latin citrus citrus tree

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