Widely assumed to be from grape + fruit, an allusion to the supposed grapelike clusters of fruit on the tree, early 19th c. Ciardi proposes another theory: one of the pummelo's botanical names is Citrus grandis, meaning "great citrus [fruit]", due to the size of its fruit. A new pummelo variety might first have been called a "greatfruit", and through the process of assimilation, the word came to be pronounced "grapefruit".
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪp.fɹuːt/
- (as grape + fruit, with stress on grape)
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grapefruit (plural grapefruits or grapefruit)
- The tree of the species Citrus paradisi, a hybrid of pomelo (Citrus maxima) and sweet orange.
- The large spherical tart fruit produced by this tree.
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- Hyphenation: grape‧fruit
- grapefruit (tree of the species Citrus paradisi)
- grapefruit (fruit produced by the tree of the species Citrus paradisi)