This week’s word of the week is bergamot (bur-guh-mot), a word my daughter used as a fragrance in a novel she was writing. For those familiar with Earl Grey tea, bergamot is apparently the fragrance in this brew.
The origin of this word comes from Ottoman Turkish. In Modern Turkish it is beyarmudlu,meaning “bey pear”. Bergamot apparently got its name by its resemblance to a pear, which is evident in the first two pictures I posted in the definition above.
Bergamot’s essence is used in the tea Earl Grey, which I don’t drink, but for me it always evokes memories of Star Trek Next Generation‘s Capt. Jean-Luc Picard ordering his favorite tea from the replicator in Patrick Stewart’s English accent: “Computer, tea – Earl Grey, hot.”
Note: All pictures in this post were downloaded from Google Images.