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[ap-ri-kot, ey-pri-] /ˈæp rɪˌkɒt, ˈeɪ prɪ-/
the downy, yellow, sometimes rosy fruit, somewhat resembling a small peach, of the tree Prunus armeniaca.
the tree itself.
a pinkish yellow or yellowish pink.
Also called wild apricot. Chiefly South Midland U.S. the maypop vine and its fruit; passionfruit.
Origin of apricot
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 Unabridged
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  • When fully bloomed, they show an apricot yellow, tinged with golden and mixed with orange yellow.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • When it thickens, pour over the apricot and apples, and bake for half an hour.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • There was a courtesy in this suggestion which induced Curlydown to ask his junior to come down and take pot-luck at apricot Villa.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • Why do you suppose we put your apricot suit right in the front?

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Half a pound of puff paste, apricot or any kind of preserve that may be preferred, hot lard.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Bouvard tried to manage the apricot trees, but they rebelled.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • To them we are indebted for some of our most valuable fruits, such as the apricot and peach.

British Dictionary definitions for apricot


a rosaceous tree, Prunus armeniaca, native to Africa and W Asia, but widely cultivated for its edible fruit
the downy yellow juicy edible fruit of this tree, which resembles a small peach
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for apricot

1550s, abrecock, from Catalan abercoc, related to Portuguese albricoque, from Arabic al-birquq, through Byzantine Greek berikokkia from Latin (malum) praecoquum "early-ripening (fruit)" (see precocious). Form assimilated to French abricot.

Latin praecoquis early-ripe, can probably be attributed to the fact that the fruit was considered a variety of peach that ripened sooner than other peaches .... [Barnhart]
The older Latin name for it was prunum Armeniacum or malum Armeniacum, in reference to supposed origin in Armenia. As a color name, first attested 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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