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Lemon

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Lémon. n.s. [limon, French; limonium, low Latin.]

  1. The fruit of the lemon-tree.

    The juice of lemons is more cooling and astringent than that of oranges. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

    The dyers use it for dying of bright yellows and lemon colours. Mortimer's Husbandry.

                            Bear me, Pomona!
    To where the lemon and the piercing lime,
    With the deep orange, glowing through the green,
    Their lighter glories blend.
    Thomson's Sermons.

  2. The tree that bears lemons.

    The lemon tree hath large stiff leaves; the flower consists of many leaves, which expand in form of a rose: the fruit is almost an oval figure, and divided into several cells, in which are lodged hard seeds, surrounded by a thick fleshy substance, which, for the most part, is full of an acid juice. There are many varieties of this tree, and the fruit is yearly imported from Lisbon in great plenty. Miller.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (225) · Miller, Philip (58) · Mortimer, John (60) · Thomson, James (72)

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