One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tangerine of a hardy loose-skinned variety, originally grown in Japan.
- ‘I realised that the only food I had eaten today was a bag of crisps and three satsumas!’
- ‘In our house Santa delivers stockings to the bedrooms, in which everything, even a satsuma, is individually wrapped, with lots of Sellotape.’
- ‘Snack on satsumas or take a vitamin supplement each morning!’
- ‘The annuals were as much part of Christmas Day as satsumas or chocolate money.’
- ‘Both satsuma and tangerine are types of mandarin, a group of citrus with brightly colored pulp and easy-to-peel skins.’
- ‘Other recent arrivals on supermarket shelves include an onion sweet enough to be eaten like an apple, miniature melons and the gratsuma - a cross between a grapefruit and a satsuma.’
- ‘The National School Fruit Scheme involves giving each child between the ages of four and six years a piece of fruit daily - an apple, a satsuma or a banana.’
- ‘They are still grown around the Mediterranean, but have been partly ousted in commerce by the satsumas and clementines.’
- ‘To make a change from satsumas and buckets of chocolates this Christmas, try the youngsters with astronaut food.’
- ‘It is seedless unless you plant some other types of citrus nearby, and has a more tangy taste than the satsuma.’
- ‘Only the seriously deluded could believe that a burger and chips dinner will be less cholesterol-packed if you round it off with a small satsuma.’
- ‘On any particular morning the bananas and satsumas in the fruit bowl will vie for my attention, and the rice and the pasta fight it out at dinner that evening.’
- ‘Reaching into his own lunch bag, he lightly tossed a satsuma her way.’
- ‘Selina's face brightened as she exchanged one of her apples for one of the already peeled satsumas.’
- ‘As regards fruit, I'm always tucking into clementines, satsumas, whatever they're called at the moment.’
- ‘The best I could come up with was one battered and bruised pack of tiny satsumas and I refused to buy that because the shopkeeper wouldn't reduce the price.’
- ‘In general I confine myself to extra satsumas and nuts, although I do find it difficult to resist those giant chocolate Brazils.’
2Japanese pottery from Satsuma, ranging from simple 17th-century earthenware to later work made for export to Europe, often elaborately painted, with a crackled cream-colored glaze.
- ‘Most of the Kyoto Satsuma ware was produced for export to Western countries.’
Late 19th century: named after the province Satsuma.
A former province of southwestern Japan. It comprised the major part of the southwestern peninsula of Kyushu island, also known as the Satsuma Peninsula.
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