Friday, February 8, 2013

Arabic Word in English: Lemon and Lime

The English words LEMON and LIME both come from Old French lymon, meaning "citrus fruit" (including both lemon and lime) which in turn comes from Arabic laimun, while the Arabic comes from Persian limu (again with the meaning "citrus fruit"), which is cognate with Sanskrit nimbu ("lime").

You can learn more about lemons and limes at Wikipedia.

The first image shows a lemon tree with its fruit and flower, and the second image shows limes on a lime tree:

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