Definition of lime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//laɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//laɪm//
    Fruit, Growing crops
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  1. 1 (also quicklime) [uncountable] a white substance obtained by heating limestone, used in building materials and to help plants grow See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2 [countable, uncountable] a small green fruit, like a lemon, with a lot of sour juice, used in cooking and in drinks; the juice of this fruit lime juice slices of lime Serve the dish garnished with wedges of lime. See related entries: Fruit
  3. 3 (also lime tree) [countable] a tree on which limes grow
  4. 4 (also lime tree, linden tree, linden) [countable] a large tree with light green heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers an avenue of limes
  5. 5[uncountable] = lime green
  6. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English līm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijm, German Leim, also to loam. noun senses 2 to 3 mid 17th cent.: from French, from modern Provençal limo, Spanish lima, from Arabic līma; compare with lemon.sense 4 early 17th cent.: alteration of obsolete line, from Old English lind ‘lime tree’.
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