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Lemon. A tree of the genus Citrus, which also includes the orange, lime, citron, etc. The lemon is a native of northern India, and is extensively cultivated for its fruit, the pulp of which abounds in citric acid, and is much used in the manufacture of cooling and effervescing drinks. The peel, or rind, is covered with glands containing oil, which is used as an aromatic; when dried and preserved, it forms an article of commerce, and is used for flavoring. The produce of the lemon groves of the Mediterranean is chiefly marketed in northern Europe and America. Lemons are now extensively cultivated in California.