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.