noun, plural pom·e·los.

the very large, yellow or orange citrus fruit of a tree, Citrus maxima, of southeastern Asia.
the tree itself.

Origin of pomelo

1855–60; pseudo-Spanish alteration of pomplemoose < Dutch pompelmoes, perhaps blend of pompoen pumpkin and Portuguese limões, plural of limão lemon
Also called shaddock.
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  • However this may be, the pomelo character is strongly dominant in both the foliage and the fruit.

  • One variety, known as the pomelo, is the kind that is commonly found in the market.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • The pomelo, or grape fruit, is fast gaining in favor and increasing in value.

    History of California

    Helen Elliott Bandini

  • Next day, when the seven Princesses went as usual to the grave of their mother, the pomelo tree had disappeared.

  • After he has had his coffee and some bananas or a slice of pomelo, and taken his bath, he feels tolerably alive.

    A Visit to Java

    W. Basil Worsfold

British Dictionary definitions for pomelo


noun plural -los

a tropical rutaceous tree, Citrus maxima (or C. decumana), grown widely in oriental regions for its large yellow grapefruit-like edible fruit
the fruit of this tree
mainly US another name for grapefruit
Also called: shaddock

Word Origin for pomelo

C19: from Dutch pompelmoes, perhaps from pompoen big + Portuguese limão a lemon
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