lemon

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A whole and a cut lemon.
A lemon tree.

Etymology[edit]

From Old French lymon (citrus), from Arabic ليمون (laymūn) or Ottoman Turkish لیمون (limun), from Persian لیمو (limu)[1]. Cognate with Sanskrit निम्बू (nimbū, lime).

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Noun[edit]

lemon (plural lemons)

  1. A yellowish citrus fruit.
  2. A semitropical evergreen tree, Citrus limon, that bears such fruits.
  3. A taste or flavour/flavor of lemons.
  4. A more or less bright shade of yellow associated with lemon fruits.
    lemon flesh colour:    
    lemon rind colour:    
  5. (slang) A defective or inadequate item.
    He didn’t realise until he’d paid for it that the car was a lemon.
  6. (Cockney rhyming slang, from "lemon tart") Smart; cheeky, vocal.
    • 2009, Caitlin Moran, ‘Why I love paying tax’, The Times, 12 Oct 2009:
      Obviously Emin is not the first public figure to get lemon over tax increases.
  7. (Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from “lemon flavour”) favour, favor.
    A thousand quid for that motor? Do me a lemon, I could get it for half that.
  8. (fandom slang) A piece of fanfiction involving explicit sex (named after the erotic anime series Cream Lemon).

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  • (defective item): bomb

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Adjective[edit]

lemon (comparative more lemon, superlative most lemon)

  1. Containing or having the flavour/flavor and/or scent of lemons.
  2. Of the pale yellow colour/color of lemons.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ lemon” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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Noun[edit]

lemon

  1. accusative singular of lemo