bergamot n : small tree with pear-shaped fruit whose oil is used in perfumery; Italy [syn: bergamot orange, Citrus bergamia]
EtymologyFrench bergamote, from Italian bergamotta; probably a corruption of Turkish beg armdi a lord's pear.
- 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.
- A variety of mint (Mentha aquatica, variety glabrata).
- The essence or perfume made from the fruit.
- A variety of pear. -Johnson.
- A variety of snuff perfumed with bergamot.
- The better hand . . . gives the nose its bergamot. - Cowper.
- 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.
- French : bergamote (1)(3)(4)
Bergamot may refer to:
bergamot in Dutch: Bergamot