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[nek-tuh-reen, nek-tuh-reen] /ˌnɛk təˈrin, ˈnɛk təˌrin/
a variety or mutation of peach having a smooth, downless skin.
Origin of nectarine
1610-20; nectar + -ine1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nectarine
  • The best way to identify the difference between a nectarine and peach is by the lack of fuzz on the nectarine.
  • The nectarine tree is almost identical to the peach in appearance, culture and care.
  • Genetically, the only difference between peaches and nectarines is the lack of fuzz on the nectarine skin.
  • Together with a colleague was the first to recognize and characterize a novel disorder in nectarine named nectarine pox.
British Dictionary definitions for nectarine


a variety of peach tree, Prunus persica nectarina
the fruit of this tree, which has a smooth skin
Word Origin
C17: apparently from nectar
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Word Origin and History for nectarine

type of peach with smooth skin, 1660s, noun use of adjective meaning "of or like nectar" (1610s; see nectar + -ine (1)). Probably inspired by German nektarpfirsich "nectar-peach." Earlier in English as nectrine.

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