One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A city and port on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, forming a southern suburb of the Tel Aviv conurbation and since 1949 united with Tel Aviv; population (with Tel Aviv) 392,500 (est. 2008). Inhabited since prehistoric times, Jaffa was a Byzantine bishopric until captured by the Arabs in 636; later, it was a stronghold of the Crusaders.
A large oval orange of a thick-skinned variety.
- ‘This is part of the Boycott Israel campaign, which wants to prevent us from eating artichokes and Jaffa oranges.’
- ‘Jaffas, also known as Shamouti oranges, are an important Mediterranean orange mostly associated with Israel, and are fragrant and pleasantly sweet.’
- ‘Chilled soup of Jaffa orange and natural yoghurt and oregano ice cream is served in the summer.’
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