lemon

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A whole and a cut lemon.
A lemon tree.

Etymology[edit]

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

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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”) 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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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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lemon ‎(third-person singular simple present lemons, present participle lemoning, simple past and past participle lemoned)

  1. (transitive) To flavour with lemon.
    You can start the vegetables cooking while you are lemoning the fish.

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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