A tangerine is a kind of citrus tree, and it's also the name of the fruit the tree produces. Tangerines are like little oranges. Delicious!

Some people prefer tangerines to oranges, because they're small, they have thin, loose skin that's easy to peel, and they are often sweeter than oranges. In the 1840s, tangerines were called tangerine oranges, or "oranges from Tangier" by the British. They were originally imported from Tangier, Morocco, and are a variety of mandarin orange.

Definitions of tangerine

n a variety of mandarin orange

tangerine tree
Type of:
Citrus reticulata, mandarin, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree
shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia

n any of various deep orange mandarins grown in the United States and southern Africa

Type of:
mandarin, mandarin orange
a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China

n a reddish to vivid orange color

Type of:
reddish orange
an orange color closer to red than to yellow

adj of a strong reddish orange color

being or having or characterized by hue

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