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nectarine (nĕk´tərēn´), name for a tree (Prunus persica var. nectarina) of the family Rosaceae (rose family) and for its fruit, a smooth-skinned variety of the peach. The nectarine is a classical example of bud variation (see mutation). The nectarine tree occasionally produces peaches, and the peach tree nectarines. In appearance, culture, and care the nectarine is almost identical to the peach. It is cultivated in north temperate zones of both hemispheres, in America chiefly in the mild Pacific coastal area. The nectarine has been known for at least 2,000 years; in the 16th cent. it was called the nut of Persia. Nectarines are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.

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nectarine Smooth‐skinned peach (Prunus persica var. nectarina). One medium‐sized fruit, 150 g weighed with stone, provides 3 g of dietary fibre and is a rich source of vitamin A (as carotene); a good source of vitamin C; a source of copper; supplies 70 kcal (300 kJ).

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nec·tar·ine / ˌnektəˈrēn/ • n. a peach of a variety with smooth, thin, brightly colored skin and rich firm flesh. ∎  the tree bearing this fruit.

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nectarine Variety of peach tree and its sweet, smooth-skinned, fleshy fruit. The tree and stone are identical to those of the peach. Family Rosaceae; species Prunus persica nectarina.

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