lime etymology

English word lime comes from Persian لیمون, Proto-Indo-European *sley-, and later Latin lima (File (carpenter's tool).)

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Detailed word origin of lime

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
لیمون Persian (fas)
*sley- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
لَيْمُون Arabic (ara)
لِيمَة Arabic (ara)
lima Latin (lat) File (carpenter's tool).
limón Spanish (spa) (Mexico, various dialects) lime (fruit). Lemon (fruit).
lima Spanish (spa) (dialectal) lemon (fruit). Lime (fruit) File (tool to smoothen a surface).
lime French (fra) File (tool) Lime (fruit, tree).
lime English (eng) Containing lime or lime juice.. Having the aroma or flavor of lime.. Lime-green. Any of several green citrus fruit, somewhat smaller and sharper-tasting than a lemon.. A light, somewhat yellowish, green colour associated with the fruits of a lime tree.. Any of the trees that bear limes, especially key lime, Citrus aurantiifolia.

Words with the same origin as lime

Descendants of *sley-
slim slime slimy