One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small hybrid citrus plant which bears fragrant white flowers followed by small orange-yellow fruit, native to the Philippines and grown as a houseplant.
× Citrofortunella microcarpa (formerly Citrus mitis), family Rutaceae
- ‘The miniature calamondin ‘orange’ grown as a decorative house plant is sometimes considered to be a mandarin × kumquat hybrid, and sometimes assigned to a species of its own.’
- ‘When and how do I trim my Meyer lemons and calamondin?’
- ‘Open the bottle, and one smells a mixed but light scent of different kinds of fruit including orange, citrus and calamondin orange.’
- ‘Examples of acidic varieties include ‘Improved Meyer’ and ‘Ponderosa’ lemons, calamondins, and kumquats.’
Early 20th century: from Tagalog kalamunding.
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