clementine

[ klem-uh n-tahyn, -teen ]
/ ˈklɛm ənˌtaɪn, -ˌtin /

noun

a small, sweet variety of tangerine with orange-red skin.

Origin of clementine

< French clémentine (1902), said to be named after a Father Clément, who developed the fruit near Oran; see -ine1

Definition for clementine (2 of 2)

Clementine
[ klem-uh n-tahyn, -teen; French kle-mahn-teen ]
/ ˈklɛm ənˌtaɪn, -ˌtin; French klɛ mɑ̃ˈtin /

noun

a female given name: derived from Clement.
Also Clem·en·ti·na [klem-uh n-tee-nuh] /ˌklɛm ənˈti nə/.
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British Dictionary definitions for clementine

clementine
/ (ˈklɛmənˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn) /

noun

a citrus fruit thought to be either a variety of tangerine or a hybrid between a tangerine and sweet orange

Word Origin for clementine

C20: from French clémentine, perhaps from the female Christian name
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Culture definitions for clementine

“Clementine”

An American folksong (see folk music). Its refrain is:

Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling Clementine!
You are lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

(See also forty-niners.)

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