One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tangerine of a deep orange-red North African variety which is grown around the Mediterranean and in South Africa.
- ‘Glistening candied clementines stunned us with their gorgeous color.’
- ‘They also grow clementines and high quality olives for oil.’
- ‘What distinguishes the Corsican clementine from other varieties of clementines?’
- ‘The tangerines and clementines are still going down well.’
- ‘Add extra glitz by brushing the clementines with a little warm honey before serving.’
- ‘Tangerines are actually a type of mandarin orange as are clementines, but here in the US, the names are used interchangeably.’
- ‘This time she brought sour cherries in kirsch syrup, and blood oranges in clementine syrup.’
- ‘If you can't find fresh mandarins, you can substitute canned (drain the syrup first) or clementines, another sweet, juicy member of the mandarin family.’
- ‘Dip the clementines and grapes into the syrup to coat.’
- ‘There are potatoes (satisfyingly dirty), onions, broccoli, tomatoes, a lettuce, parsnips, bananas (very small), apples and clementines.’
- ‘Carefully spoon in dollops over the clementines, then smooth over with a palette knife to completely cover.’
- ‘I start every day with mango, grapes, cherries, melon and clementines, served on a Georgian silver tray.’
- ‘The skins and zest were peeled and the clementines were sectioned.’
- ‘Like tangerines and satsumas, clementines are often a feature of Christmas stockings.’
- ‘I feel the same about clementines, a variety of mandarin orange.’
- ‘All you get are inferior Spanish clementines and Florida tangerines, hard as bricks but not so tasty.’
- ‘It didn't last - he couldn't afford the laundry bill - but his house smelt quietly of clementines for months.’
- ‘To serve, add rustic Tuscan touches with a gorgeous bunch of grapes, dried figs, walnuts, clementine oranges, and honey.’
- ‘Demonstrators at an Almeria port last week broke open trucks and destroyed thousands of boxes of clementines from Morocco.’
- ‘The idea was that no one can really tell the difference between a clementine, a satsuma and a mandarin.’
1920s: from French clémentine, from the male given name Clément.
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