• WordNet 3.6
    • n lemon an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory
    • n lemon a strong yellow color
    • n lemon a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
    • n lemon yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh
    • n lemon a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Lemon Tree A Lemon Tree
Oranges and Lemons music Oranges and Lemons music
Dot and The Lemons Dot and The Lemons

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the era of Louis XIV, women used lemons to redden their lips
    • Lemon (Zoöl) a European species of sole (Solea pegusa).
    • Lemon (Bot) An oval or roundish fruit resembling the orange, and containing a pulp usually intensely acid. It is produced by a tropical tree of the genus Citrus, the common fruit known in commerce being that of the species Citrus Limonum or Citrus Medicavar. Limonum). There are many varieties of the fruit, some of which are sweet.
    • Lemon The tree which bears lemons; the lemon tree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Lemon shark grows about 24,000 new teeth a year. A new set of teeth grow approximately every 14 days
    • n lemon The fruit of the rutaceous tree Citrus Medica, var. Limonum. It is botanically a berry of an ellipsoid form, knobbed at the apex, with a pale-yellow rind whose outer layer is charged with a fragrant oil, and a light-colored pulp, full of an acid well-flavored juice. The latter, together with lime-juice, is the chief commercial source of citric acid. The oil or essence of lemons is extracted from the rind, at present by the method of expression, which yields the best. It is consumed in large quantities as a flavoring essence and a component of perfumes.
    • n lemon The tree that yields this fruit. It is found wild in the mountainous regions of India, especially in the north. As a cultivated fruit-tree, it was early known and disseminated by the Arabs, but appears not to have been established in Europe till comparatively late, perhaps brought by the crusaders. It is now cultivated widely in subtropical countries, and is grown industrially in Italy and the adjacent islands, in Spain and Portugal, and in Florida, generally in connection with the orange. The common lemon is a tree from 10 to 15 feet high. Unlike the orange, it is of irregular growth and of sparse foliage. The corolla of its flowers is purplish on the outside, and their fragrance is less heavy than that of orange-flowers. Its closest botanical affinity is with the citron, the two being now considered as varieties of the same species. See Citrus, 2.
    • n lemon The borhame or sand-sole, a kind of flatfish. See lemon-sole, 1.
    • n lemon Having lemon as a principal ingredient; impregnated or flavored with lemon: as, lemon candy.
    • n lemon Of the color of a lemon; lemon-colored: as, lemon silk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
    • n Lemon lem′un an oval fruit resembling the orange, with an acid pulp: the tree that bears lemons
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  • Albert Shanker
    Albert Shanker
    “We've got a lemon factory and we're turning out 80-85 percent lemons.”
  • Howard Gossage
    Howard Gossage
    “If you have a lemon, make lemonade.”
  • Sir Eric Geddes
    Sir Eric Geddes
    “We will get everything out of her that you can squeeze out of a lemon and a bit more. I will squeeze her until you can hear the pips squeak.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When life hands you a lemon, say, "Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?"”


If you are given lemons make lemonade - Always try and make the best out of a bad situation. With some ingenuity you can make a bad situation useful.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. limon, Per. līmūn,; cf. Ar. laimūn, Sp. limon, It. limone,. Cf. Lime a fruit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. limon—Ar. līmūn.


In literature:

Juice of 1 lemon, 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped, 1/2 lemon, sliced, wine and red pepper to taste.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
Cap hair-brown, or umber-brown, sometimes with tinge of lemon yellow, or entirely maize-yellow.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Add sugar, juice of 2 lemons and the grated rind of 1 lemon.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Season with salt, pepper, and melted butter to which a little lemon juice and parsley may be added.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
For home use, add butter and lemon flavor to your syrup.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Also; roast a lemon till hot, cut, and squeeze on 3 ounces powdered sugar.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
What is the reason that vinegar, lemon, and the acid of fruits, do not produce this effect on wood?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
There was nothing humorous in this passing a lemon about among many.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
And why do they put lemon-peel in the bowls of water?
"A Little Country Girl" by Susan Coolidge
Muskmelon with lemon and berries or cherries.
"Food for the Traveler" by Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper

In poetry:

When the blue elephant
Finds a lotus by the water-side
He takes it up and eats it.
Lemons are not sweeter than sugar.
"Misadventure" by Edward Powys Mathers
For such thou art a lemon grove,
Where wandering orient odors rove;
Yet loyal ever to thy home,
The valley where the north winds roam.
"Sweetbrier" by Annie Adams Fields
If I am tired I call on these to help me
To dream -and dawn-lit skies,
Lemon and pink, or faintest, coolest lilac,
Float on my soothed eyes.
"Colour" by Dorothea Mackellar
I wouldn't shoush fer sojersh now -
Not fer a million poun'!
I bought 'im lemon-squash, ther cow,
And then 'e takesh me down!
Go fer the'r stummiscksh? 'Im? No fear!
Down wish er Kaiser! Mine'sh a beer.
"The Bar-Room Patriot" by C J Dennis
"O, come where no winter thy footsteps can wrong,
But where flowers are blossoming all the year long,
Where the shade of the palm-tree is over my home,
And the lemon and orange are white in their bloom!
"The Yankee Girl" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There was quite a new expression on his lemon-coloured face,
And the unexpected odour won him temporary grace,
For we tacitly postponed the sacking-point till by-and-by,
And we tacitly said nothing save the one word, "rabbit pie!"
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens

In news:

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
Chunky white fish with garlic, lemon and extra virgin olive oil.
The before/after photographs are harrowing: in the first, a postcard-perfect Italian village, with pine-green shutters and lemon and rose façades, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
No Edsels in Ty Segall's garage — if life gives you Lemons, turn up the volume.
All organic, made from carrots, beets, apples, lemon and ginger, it tasted mostly like sweet carrots with a little earthy after-tone of beets.
Lemon whoopie pies with coconut cream filling.
Crunchy Coleslaw with Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe.
Cooler weather time for comforting treats like blueberry lemon loaf.
Server Valerie Franz holds a Bloody Mary served at Stack'd that comes garnished with Nueske's bacon, an olive, pickle chip, lemon and lime.
Characters at the Concourse d'Lemons.
Once again the residents of Port Clinton's northeast neighborhoods have come together to grab a lemon, squeeze it and make a little lemonade for all to enjoy.
The fire department extinguished a cooking oil fire that quickly grew out of control in a Lemon Creek area mobile home on Tuesday morning.
Mix in the egg and lemon extract.
Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip.
Teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel.

In science:

In the present work, the distinction between monstars and lemons, which both have positive index, is not used.
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
J. Lemon, “Resisting syn flooding dos attacks with a syn cache”, in Proc. USENIX BSDCon’2002, pp. 89–98.
CNoA: Challenging Number Approach for uncovering TCP SYN flooding using SYN spoofing attack
Lemon, “Resisting syn flooding dos attacks with a syn cache”.
CNoA: Challenging Number Approach for uncovering TCP SYN flooding using SYN spoofing attack
Color changes following chemical aging of the lemon cadmium mixtures with emerald green, various initial mixture contents.
Forecast of the Chemical Aging and Relevant Color Changes in Painting
Fig.2 shows the aged samples of the cadmium lemon mixture with emerald green, compared to the initial colors (upper row); numbers on the swatches show initial moles ratio Cd/Emerald Green in the mixture.
Forecast of the Chemical Aging and Relevant Color Changes in Painting