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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Italian, late 17th century


An oily substance extracted from the rind of the fruit of a dwarf variety of the Seville orange tree. It is used in cosmetics and as flavoring in tea.


A dessert pear of a rich and sweet variety.

Examples of Bergamot in a sentence

"The house tea blend has strong notes of bergamot."

"We're serving poached bergamot for dessert."

About Bergamot

In Northern Italy there's a city and province called Bergamo. But there's also a Turkish word — "begarmudu" — that means "prince's pear." Between the orange extract and the pear, bergamot is likely a mix of these origins.

Did you Know?

So many versions of bergamot, so little time! A Seville orange tree produces the fruit from which bergamot is extracted for Earl Grey tea. Then there's also a variety of herb in the mint family called bergamot, and finally we have a type of pear called bergamot.

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