I. noun 1. a juicy, soft fruit of an orange-yellow colour resembling a small peach.[as modifier] • apricot jam.
2. [ mass noun] — an orange-yellow colour like the skin of a ripe apricot. 3. (also apricot tree) — the tree bearing apricots.● Prunus armeniaca, family Rosaceae.
– origin mid 16th cent.: from Portuguese albricoque or Spanish albaricoque, from Spanish Arabic al ‘the’ + barqūq (via late Greek from Latin praecoquum, variant of praecox ‘early-ripe’); influenced by Latin apricus ‘ripe’ and French abricot.