[klem-uhn-tahyn, -teen]
a small, sweet variety of tangerine with orange-red skin.

< French clémentine (1902), said to be named after a Father Clément, who developed the fruit near Oran; see -ine1 Unabridged


[klem-uhn-tahyn, -teen; French kle-mahn-teen]
a female given name: derived from Clement.
Also, Clementina [klem-uhn-tee-nuh] . Unabridged
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clementine (ˈklɛmənˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn)
a citrus fruit thought to be either a variety of tangerine or a hybrid between a tangerine and sweet orange
[C20: from French clémentine, perhaps from the female Christian name]

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Word Origin & History

"cross between tangerine and sour orange," 1926, from Fr. clémentine (1902). Originally an accidental hybrid said to have been discovered by Father Clement Rodier in the garden of his orphanage in Misserghin, near Oran, Algeria. Introduced into U.S. and grown at Citrus Research Center in Riverside,
Calif., as early as 1909.
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Cultural Dictionary

“Clementine” definition

An American folksong (see folk music). Its refrain is:

Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling Clementine!
You are lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry, Clementine.

(See also forty-niners.)

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