Definition of tangelo in English:



  • A hybrid of the tangerine and grapefruit.

    • ‘Plant breeders – not ‘nature’ – gave us seedless grapes and watermelons, the tangelo (a tangerine-grapefruit hybrid), the ‘canola’ variety of rapeseed, and fungus-resistant strawberries.’
    • ‘Some have wonderful names too: biodynamic rice and tuna salad and tangelo, jasmine tea, fruit and walnut bread.’
    • ‘This category included lemons, oranges, mandarins, tangelos, and grapefruits, with lemons being the most common type.’
    • ‘I remember eating my first tangelo 20+ years ago when I was just a kid, and it spoiled my taste for oranges - I used to pine for them when we moved back to Illinois.’
    • ‘Think about the crossbreeding and hybridization that farmers have been doing for hundreds of years, relying on instinct, trial and error, and luck to bring us things like tangelos, giant pumpkins, and burpless cucumbers.’


Early 20th century: blend of tangerine and pomelo.