lemon

A lemon is a sour yellow fruit. Squeeze one to make lemonade or add flavor to hot tea. Lemon is also what people call something that doesn’t work well, like a bum car.

You can use the word lemon for the evergreen tree whose blossoms become bright yellow fruit, or for the fruit itself — or even the color of the fruit. Lemons are originally from Asia, but they also grow well in the Mediterranean, Florida, and California. They like sunny places. Informally, you can also use lemon to mean "an unsatisfactory or poorly made example of something," so you could say, "Most Volvos are great, but this car is a lemon."

Definitions of lemon
  1. noun
    yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh
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    type of:
    citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit
    any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions
  2. noun
    a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit
    synonyms: Citrus limon, lemon tree
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    types:
    Citrus limetta, sweet lemon, sweet lime
    lemon tree having fruit with a somewhat insipid sweetish pulp
    type of:
    citrus, citrus tree
    any of numerous tropical usually thorny evergreen trees of the genus Citrus having leathery evergreen leaves and widely cultivated for their juicy edible fruits having leathery aromatic rinds
  3. noun
    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
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    type of:
    flavor, flavour, nip, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
  4. noun
    a strong yellow color
    synonyms: gamboge, lemon yellow, maize
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    type of:
    yellow, yellowness
    yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
  5. noun
    an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory
    synonyms: stinker
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    type of:
    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
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