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English noun: mandarin

1. mandarin (plant) shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia

SynonymsCitrus reticulata, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree

Broader (hypernym)citrus, citrus tree

Narrower (hyponym)clementine, clementine tree, satsuma, satsuma tree, tangerine, tangerine tree

Part holonymmandarin, mandarin orange

Member meronymgenus Citrus

2. mandarin (person) a member of an elite intellectual or cultural group

Broader (hypernym)elitist

3. mandarin (person) any high government official or bureaucrat

Broader (hypernym)functionary, official

4. mandarin (person) a high public official of imperial China

Broader (hypernym)Chinese

5. mandarin (food) a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China

Synonymsmandarin orange

Broader (hypernym)citrous fruit, citrus, citrus fruit

Narrower (hyponym)clementine, satsuma, tangerine

Part meronymCitrus reticulata, mandarin, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree

6. Mandarin (communication) the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China

SynonymsBeijing dialect, Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin dialect

Broader (hypernym)Chinese

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