nectarine

[nek-tuh-reen, nek-tuh-reen]
noun
a variety or mutation of peach having a smooth, downless skin.

Origin:
1610–20; nectar + -ine1

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nectarine (ˈnɛktərɪn)
 
n
1.  a variety of peach tree, Prunus persica nectarina
2.  the fruit of this tree, which has a smooth skin
 
[C17: apparently from nectar]

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nectarine
type of peach with smooth skin, 1616, noun use of adj. meaning "of or like nectar" (1611). Probably inspired by Ger. nektarpfirsich "nectar-peach."
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Example sentences
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.
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