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[klem-uh n-tahyn, -teen]
  1. a small, sweet variety of tangerine with orange-red skin.
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Origin of clementine

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


[klem-uh n-tahyn, -teen; French kle-mahn-teen]
  1. a female given name: derived from Clement.
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Also Clem·en·ti·na [klem-uh n-tee-nuh] /ˌklɛm ənˈti nə/.
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Historical Examples

  • Nothing could be more opposed to the principles of the Clementines.

    Supernatural Religion, Vol. II. (of III)

    Walter Richard Cassels

  • In other points there is an equally wide gulf between the Clementines and the fourth Gospel.

  • This, embodied in the acts of the council, technically known as the Clementines, remained the law of the Church.

  • It was all in accordance with the Clementines, except that all definitive sentences required confirmation by the Congregation.

  • If we turn to the Clementines, we find, in the same way, passages not to be found in the Canonical Gospels.

British Dictionary definitions for clementines


pl n
  1. RC Church an official compilation of decretals named after Clement V and issued in 1317 which forms part of the Corpus Juris Canonici
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  1. a citrus fruit thought to be either a variety of tangerine or a hybrid between a tangerine and sweet orange
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Word Origin

C20: from French clémentine, perhaps from the female Christian name
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Word Origin and History for clementines



"cross between tangerine and sour orange," 1926, from French clémentine (1902). Originally an accidental hybrid said to have been discovered by (and named for) Father Clement Rodier in the garden of his orphanage in Misserghin, near Oran, Algeria. Introduced into U.S. and grown at Citrus Research Center in Riverside, Calif., as early as 1909.

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1705, in reference to various popes who took the name Clement (see clement (adj.)), especially of the edition of the Vulgate issued due to Pope Clement V (1309-14).

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fem. proper name, from fem. of Clement (see clement (adj.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

clementines in Culture


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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