Of uncertain etymology, though possibly a variant of earlier pampelmoes, from French, Dutch, Portuguese sources ultimately equivalent to "thick lemon" or transcribing the Tamil பம்பளிமாசு (pampaḷimācu, “big citrus”). Alternatively, possibly from pome (“apple”) + melon or some cognate; though such a compound is currently unattested, some early variant spellings seem to show influence from pome.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: pŏʹməlō, pŭʹməlō, pəmĕʹlō, IPA(key): /ˈpɒmɪləʊ/, /ˈpʌmɪləʊ/, /pəˈmɛləʊ/
- (General American) enPR: pŏʹməlō, IPA(key): /ˈpɑməloʊ/
- The large fruit of the Citrus maxima (syn. C. grandis), native to South Asia and Southeast Asia, with a thick green or yellow rind, a thick white pith, and semi-sweet translucent pale flesh.
- The tree which produces this fruit.
- (by extension, US, Caribbean, historical, loosely) Any of the citrus hybrids derived from this tree, particularly the grapefruit.
- Synonym: grapefruit
- (grapefruit): See grapefruit
pomelo m (plural pomelos)
- pomelo (large citric fruit native to southeast Asia)