[lem-uh n] /ˈlɛm ən/
the yellowish, acid fruit of a subtropical citrus tree, Citrus limon.
the tree itself.
Informal. a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory; dud:
His car turned out to be a lemon.
made of or with lemon.
having the color, taste, or odor of lemon.
a small Asian evergreen tree, Citrus limon, widely cultivated in warm and tropical regions, having pale green glossy leaves and edible fruits related adjectives citric citrine citrous
Also called lemon yellow
a distinctive tart flavour made from or in imitation of the lemon
(slang) a person or thing considered to be useless or defective
type of citrus fruit, c.1400, lymon, from Old French limon “citrus fruit” (12c.), via Provençal or Italian from Arabic laimun, from Persian limu(n), generic terms for citrus fruits (cf. lime (n.2)); cognate with Sanskrit nimbu “the lime.” Slang meaning “a Quaalude” is 1960s, from Lemmon, name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug.
“worthless thing,” 1909, American English slang; from lemon (n.1), perhaps via criminal slang sense of “a person who is a loser, a simpleton,” which is perhaps from the notion of someone a sharper can “suck the juice out of.” A pool hall hustle was called a lemon game (1908); while to hand someone a lemon was British slang (1906) for “to pass off a sub-standard article as a good one.” Or it simply may be a metaphor for something which leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth.
hand someone a lemon
[1960s+ Narcotics; Lemmon is the name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug]
[lem-uh-neyd, lem-uh-neyd] /ˌlɛm əˈneɪd, ˈlɛm əˌneɪd/ noun 1. a beverage consisting of juice, sweetener, and water, sometimes carbonated. /ˌlɛməˈneɪd/ noun 1. a drink made from lemon juice, sugar, and water or from carbonated water, citric acid, etc n. 1660s, from French limonade (17c.); see lemon (n.1) + -ade. Earlier English spelling was lemonado (c.1640) with […]
noun 1. a sumac, Rhus integrifolia, of southern California, having hairy, dark-red fruits used to make a beverage resembling lemonade.
noun 1. See under (def 5). [bahm] /bɑm/ noun 1. any of various oily, fragrant, resinous substances, often of medicinal value, exuding from certain plants, especially tropical trees of the genus Commiphora. 2. a plant or tree yielding such a substance. 3. any aromatic or fragrant ointment. 4. aromatic fragrance; sweet odor: the balm of […]
- Lemon curd
noun a custardlike mixture made from lemon juice, sugar, butter, and egg yolks and used as a filling or spread Usage Note cooking