One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for pomelo
- ‘My failure to answer the first phone inquiry - as to when a Vietnamese grapefruit known as a ‘shaddock’ had first made a lodgement in the nineteenth-century goldfields - had instantly obliterated my credibility.’
- ‘What is certain is that the ‘shaddock’ thrived in the W. Indies, in various forms; and it seems likely that it was there, in the course of the 18th century, that it developed into the grapefruit.’
Late 17th century: named after Captain Shaddock, who introduced it to the West Indies in the 17th century.
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