[nek-tuh-reen, nek-tuh-reen]


a variety or mutation of peach having a smooth, downless skin.

Origin of nectarine

First recorded in 1610–20; nectar + -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nectarine



a variety of peach tree, Prunus persica nectarina
the fruit of this tree, which has a smooth skin

Word Origin for nectarine

C17: apparently from nectar
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Word Origin and History for nectarine

type of peach with smooth skin, 1660s, noun use of adjective meaning "of or like nectar" (1610s; see nectar + -ine (1)). Probably inspired by German nektarpfirsich "nectar-peach." Earlier in English as nectrine.

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