One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Citron- or lemon-coloured; (more loosely) yellow or yellowish.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Tomlinson (fl. 1657). From classical Latin citreus belonging to, or growing on the citron tree, made of the wood of the (African) citron tree (from citrus + -eus: see -eous) + -ous.
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