Word of the week: Bergamot

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.

Here are the definitions given in Dictionary.com for bergamot:

“noun
1. a small citrus tree, Citrus aurantium bergamia, having fruit with a rind that yields a fragrant essential oil.
Bergamot
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2. Also called essence of bergamot. the oil or essence itself.
3. any of various plants of the mint family, as Monarda fistulosa, yielding an oil resembling essence of bergamot.
bergamot-plants
4. a variety of pear.”
The origin of this word comes from Ottoman Turkish. In Modern Turkish it is bey armudlu, 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.
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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.

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