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apricot (n.)

roundish, orange-colored, plum-like fruit, 1550s, abrecock, from Catalan abercoc, related to Portuguese albricoque, from Arabic al-birquq, through Byzantine Greek berikokkia which is probably from Latin (malum) praecoquum "early-ripening (fruit)" (see precocious). Form assimilated to French abricot.

Latin praecoquis early-ripe, can probably be attributed to the fact that the fruit was considered a variety of peach that ripened sooner than other peaches .... [Barnhart]

Native to the Himalayas, it was introduced in England in 1524. The older Latin name for it was prunum Armeniacum or malum Armeniacum, in reference to supposed origin in Armenia. As a color name, by 1906.

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Definitions of apricot from WordNet

apricot (n.)
Asian tree having clusters of usually white blossoms and edible fruit resembling the peach;
Synonyms: apricot tree
apricot (n.)
downy yellow to rosy-colored fruit resembling a small peach;
apricot (n.)
a shade of pink tinged with yellow;
Synonyms: yellowish pink / peach / salmon pink
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