grapefruit

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English[edit]

A grapefruit (tree) in Enampore, Senegal
Grapefruit (fruit), one sliced in half

Etymology[edit]

From grape +‎ fruit, an allusion to the grapelike clusters of fruit on the tree. Ciardi proposes another theory. The pummelo's botanical name was Citrus grandis, meaning "great citrus [fruit]", due to the large size of the fruits. It would be natural to call the new pummelo variety a "greatfruit". By saying that name a few times, with its consonant cluster, it sounds like "grapefruit", and it would easily have morphed to that form. This second suggestion is completely speculative, without attestation, but seems much more reasonable than the equally speculative "grape cluster" theory. Actually, pummelo fruits do not not grow in grapelike clusters.

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grapefruit (plural grapefruits or grapefruit)

  1. The tree of the species Citrus paradisi.
  2. The large spherical tart fruit produced by this tree.

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Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English.

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  • Hyphenation: grape‧fruit

Noun[edit]

grapefruit m (plural grapefruits, diminutive grapefruitje n)

  1. grapefruit: the tree of the species Citrus paradisi
  2. grapefruit: the fruit produced by the tree of the species Citrus paradisi

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