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tangerine adj : of a strong reddish orange color


1 a variety of mandarin orange [syn: tangerine tree]
2 any of various deep orange mandarins grown in the United States and southern Africa
3 a reddish to vivid orange color

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  • IPA: /ˈtæn.ʤə.ˌɹin/
  • Schoolbook Phonetics: (tănʹju̇rēnʺ)
  • Last Resort Phonetics: TAN-juh-reen


from French Tanger, after Tangier, Morocco.


  1. Any of several varieties of mandarin oranges.
  2. A deep yellowish-orange colour, like that of a tangerine fruit.
    tangerine colour:   
  3. A tree that produces tangerines.
  4. A native or inhabitant of Tangier.


from Tangier


  1. (colour) of a deep yellowish-orange colour.



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Extensive Definition

The tangerine (Citrus reticulata) is an orange or red coloured citrus fruit. Tangerines are smaller than most oranges, and the skin of some varieties peels off more easily. The taste is often less sour, or tart, than that of an orange.
Good quality tangerines will be firm to slightly hard, heavy for their size, and pebbly-skinned with no deep grooves, as well as orange in colour. Peak tangerine season is short, lasting from November to January in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Honey tangerine, originally called a murcott, is very sweet, as its name suggests. Other popular kinds include the Sunburst and Fairchild tangerines.
One of the oldest and most popular varieties is the Dancy tangerine, but it is no longer widely grown. The Dancy was known as the zipper-skin tangerine, and also as the kid-glove orange, for its loose, pliable peel. Its peak season is December, so children would often receive one in their Christmas stockings.
Tangerines are most commonly peeled and eaten out of hand. The fresh fruit is also used in salads, desserts and main dishes. Fresh tangerine juice and frozen juice concentrate are commonly available in the United States. Tangerines are a good source of vitamin C, folate and beta-carotene. They also contain some potassium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2 & B3.
The number of seeds in each segment (carpel) varies greatly (up to 59).
Historically, the name tangerine comes from Tangier, Morocco, the port from which the first tangerines were shipped to Europe. The adjective tangerine, from Tangier or Tanger, was first recorded as an English word in 1710.
A popular alternative to tangerines are clementines, which are also a variant of the mandarin orange.

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tangerine in Min Nan: Kam-á
tangerine in German: Mandarine
tangerine in Spanish: Mandarina
tangerine in Persian: نارنگی
tangerine in French: Tangerine
tangerine in Italian: Tangerino
tangerine in Japanese: ポンカン
tangerine in Dutch: Mandarijn (vrucht)
tangerine in Portuguese: Tangerina
tangerine in Swedish: Tangerin
tangerine in Chinese: 橘子
tangerine in Modern Greek (1453-): Μανταρίνι
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