Citron is a Swedish word that means lemon (stress should be on the second vowel). It is also the name of an Absolut vodka label.

In the French version of Pulp Fiction, the tomato ketchup joke featured citrons. The punchline was "citron pressée", either "squished citron" or "citron in a hurry" depending on how you translate it.

A semitropical evergreen tree (Citrus medica) and its fruit. Citron was the first citrus to be introduced to Europe from the source of all edible citrus fruits, Asia, way back before the christian era.

The citron fruit is large - 6 to 9 inches/15 to 22 cm long - and lumpy; it has a thin yellowish-green outer rind and a thick albedo (inner rind), as well as sparse, sour, acidic pulp. The juice is sometimes used to make beverages or syrup, but most citron is grown today for its peel, which is processed in brine and pressed to extract citron oil, which is used to flavour liqueurs and in perfumery. Then the peel is candied, which may be how you've seen it; sometimes half citrons are candied too, but strips or chopped is much more common. Candied citron is a common addition to Christmas fruit cake. Store candied citron in the freezer for maximum freshness.

In French, citron means lemon (citron vert is lime); the stress is on the second syllable: see-TRAWN.

Cit"ron (?), n. [F. citron, LL. citro, fr. L. citrus citron tree (cf. citreum, sc. malum, a citron), from Gr. citron]

1. Bot

A fruit resembling a lemon, but larger, and pleasantly aromatic. The thick rind, when candied, is the citron of commerce.


A citron tree.


A citron melon.

Citron melon. (a) A small variety of muskmelon with sugary greenish flesh. (b) A small variety of watermelon, whose solid white flesh is used in making sweetmeats and preserves. -- Citron tree Bot., the tree which bears citrons. It was probably a native of northern India, and is now understood to be the typical form of Citrus Medica.


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