[ pom-uh-loh ]

noun,plural pom·e·los.
  1. the very large, yellow or orange citrus fruit of a tree, Citrus maxima, of southeastern Asia.

  2. the tree itself.

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Origin of pomelo

1855–60; pseudo-Spanish alteration of pomplemoose<Dutch pompelmoes, perhaps blend of pompoenpumpkin and Portuguese limões, plural of limãolemon

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/ (ˈpɒmɪˌləʊ) /

nounplural -los
  1. a tropical rutaceous tree, Citrus maxima (or C. decumana), grown widely in oriental regions for its large yellow grapefruit-like edible fruit

  2. the fruit of this tree

  1. mainly US another name for grapefruit

Origin of pomelo

C19: from Dutch pompelmoes, perhaps from pompoen big + Portuguese limão a lemon
  • Also called: shaddock

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