Grapefruit Leads a Parade of Mixed Words Where did the name grapefruit come from? It's an obvious misnomer. There's nothing grape about the fruit. Some have tried to explain away physical reasons for the name. But the truth lies in that alley of language containing other mixed words, like eggplant.
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Grapefruit Leads a Parade of Mixed Words

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Where did the name grapefruit come from? It's an obvious misnomer. There's nothing grape about the fruit. Some have tried to explain away physical reasons for the name. But the truth lies in that alley of language containing other mixed words, like eggplant.

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