apricot

apricot
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: alteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-birqūq the apricot, ultimately from Latin (persicum) praecox, literally, early ripening (peach) — more at precocious Date: 1580 1. a. the oval orange-colored fruit of a temperate-zone tree (Prunus armeniaca) resembling the related peach and plum in flavor b. a tree that bears apricots 2. a variable color averaging a moderate orange

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  • apricot — (n.) 1550s, abrecock, from Catalan abercoc, related to Port. albricoque, from Arabic al birquq, through Byzantine Gk. berikokkia from L. (malum) praecoquum early ripening (fruit) (see PRECOCIOUS (Cf. precocious)). Form assimilated to Fr. abricot …   Etymology dictionary

  • apricot — ► NOUN ▪ an orange yellow fruit resembling a small peach. ORIGIN Portuguese albricoque or Spanish albaricoque, from an Arabic word based on Latin praecox early ripe …   English terms dictionary

  • apricot — [ap′ri kät΄, ā′prikät΄] n. [Fr abricot < Port albricoque < Ar al birqūq < LGr praikokion < L praecoquum, early matured (fruit) < prae , beforehand + coquere, ripen, COOK] 1. a small, yellowish orange fruit that is closely related… …   English World dictionary

  • Apricot — This article is about the tree and its fruit. For other uses, see Apricot (disambiguation). Apricot Apricot fruits Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • apricot — /ap ri kot , ay pri /, n. 1. the downy, yellow, sometimes rosy fruit, somewhat resembling a small peach, of the tree Prunus armeniaca. 2. the tree itself. 3. a pinkish yellow or yellowish pink. 4. Also called wild apricot. Chiefly South Midland U …   Universalium

  • apricot — [[t]e͟ɪprɪkɒt[/t]] apricots 1) N VAR An apricot is a small, soft, round fruit with yellowish orange flesh and a stone inside. ...12 oz apricots, halved and stoned. ...apricot tart. 2) COLOUR Apricot is used to describe things that are yellowish… …   English dictionary

  • apricot — a|pri|cot [ˈeıprıkɔt US ˈæprıka:t] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: abricot, from Arabic al birquq the apricot ] 1.) a small round fruit that is orange or yellow and has a single large seed 2.) [U] the orange yellow colour of an apricot… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • apricot — [16] The word apricot reached English by a peculiarly circuitous route from Latin. The original term used by the Romans for the apricot, a fruit which came ultimately from China, was prūnum Arminiacum or mālum Arminiacum ‘Armenian plum or apple’… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • apricot — UK [ˈeɪprɪˌkɒt] / US [ˈæprɪˌkɑt] noun Word forms apricot : singular apricot plural apricots 1) [countable] a soft fruit with an orange yellow skin and a large hard seed inside 2) [uncountable] an orange yellow colour Derived word: apricot UK / US …   English dictionary

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