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bergamot n : small tree with pear-shaped fruit whose oil is used in perfumery; Italy [syn: bergamot orange, Citrus bergamia]

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Etymology

French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta; probably a corruption of Turkish beg armdi a lord's pear.

Noun

  1. A tree of the Orange family (Citrus bergamia), having a roundish or pear-shaped fruit, from the rind of which an essential oil of delicious odor is extracted, much prized as a perfume. Also, the fruit.
  2. A variety of mint (Mentha aquatica, variety glabrata).
  3. The essence or perfume made from the fruit.
  4. A variety of pear. -Johnson.
  5. A variety of snuff perfumed with bergamot.
    Quotations
    The better hand . . . gives the nose its bergamot. - Cowper.
  6. A coarse tapestry, manufactured from flock of cotton or hemp, mixed with ox's or goat's hair; -- said to have been invented at Bergamo, Italy. Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Bergamot may refer to:
bergamot in Dutch: Bergamot
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