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The lemon (Citrus × limon) is a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit.

lemon n 1: yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh 2: a strong yellow color [syn: {gamboge}, {lemon yellow}, {maize}] 3: a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit [syn: {lemon tree}, {Citrus limon}] 4: a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons 5: an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory [syn: {stinker}]

76 Moby Thesaurus words for "lemon": acid, acidulant, aureate, auric, beige, bomb, bread-and-butter pickle, buff, buff-yellow, bust, canary, canary-yellow, chokecherry, citron, citron-yellow, crab apple, cream, creamy, dill pickle, dud, dull thud, ecru, fallow, fizzle, flat failure, flaxen, flop, floperoo, frost, gilded, gilt, gold, gold-colored, golden, green apple, lemon-yellow, lime, loser, luteolous, lutescent, ocherish, ocherous, ochery, ochreous, ochroid, ochrous, ochry, or, pickle, primrose, primrose-colored, primrose-yellow, saffron, saffron-colored, saffron-yellow, sallow, sand-colored, sandy, sour, sour balls, sour cream, sour grapes, sour pickle, sourdough, straw, straw-colored, total loss, turkey, verjuice, vinegar, washout, xanthic, xanthous, yellow, yellowish, yogurt

Lemon \Lem"on\ (l[e^]m"[u^]n), n. [F. limon, Per. l[imac]m[=u]n; cf. Ar. laim[=u]n, Sp. limon, It. limone. Cf. {Lime} a fruit.] [1913 Webster] 1. (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 Medica} (var. Limonum). There are many varieties of the fruit, some of which are sweet. [1913 Webster] 2. The tree which bears lemons; the lemon tree. [1913 Webster] {Lemon grass} (Bot.), a fragrant East Indian grass ({Andropogon Sh[oe]nanthus}, and perhaps other allied species), which yields the grass oil used in perfumery. {Lemon sole} (Zo["o]l.), a yellow European sole ({Solea aurantiaca}). {Salts of lemon} (Chem.), a white crystalline substance, inappropriately named, as it consists of an acid potassium oxalate and contains no citric acid, which is the characteristic acid of lemon; -- called also {salts of sorrel}. It is used in removing ink stains. See {Oxalic acid}, under {Oxalic}. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

Sole \Sole\, n. [F. sole, L. solea; -- so named from its flat shape. See {Sole} of the foot.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any one of several species of flatfishes of the genus {Solea} and allied genera of the family {Soleid[ae]}, especially the common European species ({Solea vulgaris}), which is a valuable food fish. (b) Any one of several American flounders somewhat resembling the true sole in form or quality, as the California sole ({Lepidopsetta bilineata}), the long-finned sole ({Glyptocephalus zachirus}), and other species. [1913 Webster] {Lemon}, or {French}, {sole} (Zo["o]l.), a European species of sole ({Solea pegusa}). {Smooth sole} (Zo["o]l.), the megrim. [1913 Webster]


Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3).

lime n 1: a caustic substance produced by heating limestone [syn: {calcium hydroxide}, {slaked lime}, {hydrated lime}, {calcium hydrate}, {caustic lime}, {lime hydrate}] 2: a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide [syn: {calcium oxide}, {quicklime}, {calx}, {calcined lime}, {fluxing lime}, {unslaked lime}, {burnt lime}] 3: a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds [syn: {birdlime}] 4: any of various related trees bearing limes [syn: {lime tree}, {Citrus aurantifolia}] 5: any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber [syn: {linden}, {linden tree}, {basswood}, {lime tree}] 6: the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees v 1: spread birdlime on branches to catch birds [syn: {birdlime}] 2: cover with lime so as to induce growth; "lime the lawn"

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "lime": acid, acidulant, allure, bait, bait the hook, birdlime, bola, bread-and-butter pickle, burden, catch, catch out, chokecherry, cobweb, crab apple, cramp, cripple, cumber, decoy, dill pickle, dragnet, embarrass, encumber, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, enweb, fetter, fishhook, fly, gill net, gin, green apple, ground bait, hamper, hamstring, handicap, hobble, hook, hook in, impede, inveigle, involve, jig, lame, lariat, lasso, lemon, lumber, lure, mesh, meshes, net, noose, pickle, plug, pound net, press down, purse seine, saddle with, seine, shackle, snare, snarl, sniggle, sour, sour balls, sour cream, sour grapes, sour pickle, sourdough, spinner, spread the toils, springe, squid, tangle, toil, toils, trammel, trap, trawl, trip, verjuice, vinegar, weigh down, wind, wobbler, yogurt

Citron \Cit"ron\ (s[i^]t"r[u^]n), n. [F. citron, LL. citro, fr. L. citrus citron tree (cf. citreum, sc. malum, a citron), from Gr. ki`tron citron] 1. (Bot) A fruit resembling a lemon, but larger, and pleasantly aromatic; it is produced by the citron tree ({Citrus medica}). The thick rind, when candied, is the citron of commerce. The fruit was once called the {lime}. [1913 Webster] 2. A citron tree, {Citrus medica}. [1913 Webster] 3. A citron melon. [1913 Webster] {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}. [1913 Webster]

lime \lime\ (l[imac]m"), a. having a yellowish-green color like that of the lime (the fruit). [PJC]

Lime \Lime\, n. [AS. l[=i]m; akin to D. lijm, G. leim, OHG. l[=i]m, Icel. l[=i]m, Sw. lim, Dan. liim, L. limus mud, linere to smear, and E. loam. [root]126. Cf. {Loam}, {Liniment}.] 1. Birdlime. [1913 Webster] Like the lime That foolish birds are caught with. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Oxide of calcium, {CaO}; the white or gray, caustic substance, usually called {quicklime}, obtained by calcining limestone or shells, the heat driving off carbon dioxide and leaving lime. It develops great heat when treated with water, forming {slaked lime}, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc. [1913 Webster +PJC] Note: Lime is the principal constituent of limestone, marble, chalk, bones, shells, etc. [1913 Webster] {Caustic lime}, Calcium hydroxide or slaked lime; also, in a less technical sense, calcium oxide or quicklime. {Lime burner}, one who burns limestone, shells, etc., to make lime. {Lime pit}, a limestone quarry. {Lime rod}, {Lime twig}, a twig smeared with birdlime; hence, that which catches; a snare. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Lime \Lime\, n. [F. lime; of Persian origin. See {Lemon}.] 1. (Bot.) The fruit of the {Citrus aurantifolia}, allied to the lemon, but greener in color; also, the tree which bears it. Note: The term lime was formerly also applied to variants of the closely related {citron}, of which there are two varieties, {Citrus Medica}, var. acida which is intensely sour, and the {sweet lime} ({Citrus Medica}, var. Limetta) which is only slightly sour. See {citron}. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. The color of the lime[1], a yellowish-green. [PJC]

Lime \Lime\, n. [Formerly line, for earlier lind. See {Linden}.] (Bot.) The linden tree. See {Linden}. [1913 Webster]

Lime \Lime\ (l[imac]m), n. [See {Leam} a string.] A thong by which a dog is led; a leash. --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

Lime \Lime\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Limed} (l[imac]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Liming}.] [Cf. AS. gel[=i]man to glue or join together. See {Lime} a viscous substance.] 1. To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime. [1913 Webster] These twigs, in time, will come to be limed. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To entangle; to insnare. [1913 Webster] We had limed ourselves With open eyes, and we must take the chance. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 3. To treat with lime, or oxide or hydrate of calcium; to manure with lime; as, to lime hides for removing the hair; to lime sails in order to whiten them; to lime the lawn to decrease acidity of the soil. [1913 Webster] Land may be improved by draining, marling, and liming. --Sir J. Child. [1913 Webster] 4. To cement. ``Who gave his blood to lime the stones together.'' --Shak.

Lime The Hebrew word so rendered means "boiling" or "effervescing." From Isa. 33:12 it appears that lime was made in a kiln lighted by thorn-bushes. In Amos 2:1 it is recorded that the king of Moab "burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime." The same Hebrew word is used in Deut. 27:2-4, and is there rendered "plaster." Limestone is the chief constituent of the mountains of Syria.

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  • lemon: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lemon: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • lemon: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lemon: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lime: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • lime: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lime: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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