[ hes-puh-rid-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌhɛs pəˈrɪd i əm /

noun, plural hes·per·id·i·a [hes-puh-rid-ee-uh] /ˌhɛs pəˈrɪd i ə/. Botany.

the fruit of a citrus plant, as an orange.

Origin of hesperidium

From New Latin, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at hesperidin, -ium

Related forms

hes·per·i·date [he-sper-i-deyt] /hɛˈspɛr ɪˌdeɪt/, hes·per·id·e·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hesperidium


/ (ˌhɛspəˈrɪdɪəm) /


botany the fruit of citrus plants, in which the flesh consists of fluid-filled hairs and is protected by a tough rind

Word Origin for hesperidium

C19: New Latin; alluding to the fruit in the garden of the Hesperides
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