a. A thorny evergreen shrub or small tree (Citrus medica) native to India and widely cultivated for its large lemonlike fruits that have a thick warty rind.
b. The fruit of this plant, whose rind is often candied and used in confections and fruitcakes.
2. A globose watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. citroides) having white flesh that is candied or pickled.
3. A grayish-green yellow.
[Middle English, from Old French, alteration (influenced by limon, lemon) of Latin (mālum) citreum, citron (fruit), from citrus, citron tree.]
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