apricot

[ap-ri-kot, ey-pri-]
noun
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.S. the maypop vine and its fruit; passionfruit.

Origin:
1545–55; < Middle French abricot < Portuguese albricoque or Spanish albar(i)coque < Arabic al the + barqūq < Medieval Greek < Late Latin praecocquum, for Latin (persicum) praecox literally, early-ripening peach, perhaps referring to the apricot (see peach1, precocious); replacing earlier abrecock < Portuguese or Spanish; later p for Middle French b perhaps < Latin praecox

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apricot (ˈeɪprɪˌkɒt)
 
n
1.  a rosaceous tree, Prunus armeniaca, native to Africa and W Asia, but widely cultivated for its edible fruit
2.  the downy yellow juicy edible fruit of this tree, which resembles a small peach
 
[C16: earlier apricock, from Portuguese (albricoque) or Spanish, from Arabic al-birqūq the apricot, from Late Greek praikokion, from Latin praecox early-ripening; see precocious]

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apricot
1550s, abrecock, from Catalan abercoc, related to Port. albricoque, from Arabic al-birquq, through Byzantine Gk. berikokkia from L. (malum) præcoquum "early-ripening (fruit)" (see precocious). Form assimilated to Fr. abricot. The older Latin name for it was prunum
Armeniacum or malum Armeniacum, in ref. to supposed origin in Armenia. As a color name, first attested 1906.
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Example sentences
There's a whole lot of fresh honeysuckle and juicy apricot nectar for your money in this well-balanced wine.
The first held apricot-colored chanterelles and earthy porcini adrift in a light, satiny cream sauce.
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