An apricot is a stone fruit that in appearance is similar to a small peach. The word apricot also refers to the tree that bears the apricot fruit.
The word apricot in English derives from aubercot
in Middle French, through the Portuguese albricoque
and appeared around the 16th century. The word apricot originally meant "early-ripe" in Latin.
Apricot is pronounced differently between British English and American English. In the UK, the correct pronunciation of apricot is ei-pruh-cot
. The difference is that the "a" is pronounced with an closed "a" sound, which is pronounced like the letter "a". This varies compared to the American pronunciation of apricot