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English definition of “lime”


noun     /laɪm/
FRUIT [C, U] a small , green fruit that is sour like a lemon Types of fruit
TREE [C] (also lime tree,     ) a large tree that has pale green leaves and yellow flowers Deciduous trees
SUBSTANCE [U] a white substance that is found in water and soil and is used to improve the quality of soil Soil
COLOUR [U] (also lime green,     ) a bright colour that is a mixture of yellow and green Less common coloursCommon colours
lime (also lime-green) adjective
(Definition of lime noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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