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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: limon, from Medieval Latin limo, from Arabic laymun

lemon

1 noun
     
lemon
lem‧on1
1 [uncountable and countable]HBPDFF a fruit with a hard yellow skin and sour juice:
a slice of lemon
Add a few drops of lemon juice.
2 [uncountable] British EnglishDFD a drink that tastes of lemons:
a glass of fizzy lemon
3 also lemon yellow [uncountable]CC a pale yellow colour
4 [countable] especially American English informal something that is useless because it fails to work or to work properly:
I soon realized the van was a lemon.
5 [countable] British English informal a silly person:
He just stood there looking like a real lemon.
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