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nectarine

(nĕk'tərēn`), name for a tree (Prunus persica var. nectarina) of the family Rosaceae (roserose,
common name for some members of the Rosaceae, a large family of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed over most of the earth, and for plants of the genus Rosa, the true roses.
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 family) and for its fruit, a smooth-skinned variety of the peach. The nectarine is a classical example of bud variation (see mutationmutation,
in biology, a sudden, random change in a gene, or unit of hereditary material, that can alter an inheritable characteristic. Most mutations are not beneficial, since any change in the delicate balance of an organism having a high level of adaptation to its environment
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). 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 MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.

nectarine

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(botany)
A smooth-skinned, fuzzless fruit originating as a spontaneous somatic mutation of the peach, Prunus persica and P. persica var. nectarina.

nectarine

a variety of peach tree, Prunus persica nectarina
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Asda, which will sell the nectarine in 95 stores from Wednesday, added: "We are really excited about them as they are a local secret.
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