One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The fruit of any of several species of citrus (family Rutaceae) originally cultivated in Japan; especially a variety of mandarin orange, a satsuma.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Cocks (bap. 1565, d. 1624), merchant and East India Company servant. From Japanese mikan from mi- + -kan citrus (from Middle Chinese).
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