|Species||Citrus × clementina|
|Hybrid parentage||Mandarin orange × sweet orange|
A clementine (Citrus × clementina) is a tangor, a citrus fruit hybrid between a willowleaf mandarin orange (C. × deliciosa) and a sweet orange (C. × sinensis), named for its late 19th-century discoverer. The exterior is a deep orange colour with a smooth, glossy appearance. Clementines can be separated into 7 to 14 segments. Similar to tangerines, they tend to be easy to peel. They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than oranges. Their oils, like other citrus fruits, contain mostly limonene as well as myrcene, linalool, α-pinene and many complex aromatics.
From French clémentine, named for Clément Rodier, the French missionary said to have first bred it.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈklɛməntaɪn/, /ˈklɛməntiːn/
clementine (plural clementines)
- A type of small, sweet orange, the result of a cross between a tangerine and Seville orange.