One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In full "Meyer lemon". A small, relatively hardy type of lemon (variously regarded as a species, Citrus meyeri, or a cultivar of C. limon), originally discovered in China but now widely cultivated commercially and as a garden plant.
1920s; earliest use found in New Zealand Journal of Agriculture. From the name of Frank Nicholas Meyer, Dutch-born U.S. agriculturist and explorer, who introduced the variety to the United States in 1908.
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