a·pri·cot (ăprĭ-kŏt′, āprĭ-)
a. A deciduous tree (Prunus armeniaca) native to Asia, having alternate leaves and clusters of usually white flowers.
b. The edible orange-yellow fruit of this tree.
2. A moderate, light, or strong orange to strong orange-yellow.
[Alteration of earlier abrecock, ultimately from Arabic al-barqūq, the plum : al-, the + barqūq, plum (from Greek praikokion, apricot, from Latin praecoquus, ripe early : prae-, pre- + coquere, to cook, ripen; see pekw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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