(Science: botany) a tree of the orange family (citrus bergamia), having a roundish or pear-shaped fruit, from the rind of which an essential oil of delicious odour is extracted, much prized as a perfume. Also, the fruit. A variety of mint (mentha aquatica, glabrata).
2. The essence or perfume made from the fruit.
3. A variety of pear.
4. A variety of snuff perfumed with bergamot. The better hand . . . Gives the nose its bergamot. (Cowper).
5. A coarse tapestry, manufactured from flock of cotton or hemp, mixed with ox's or goats hair; said to have been invented at Bergamo, Italy. Encyc. Brit.
(Science: botany) wild bergamot, an American herb of the mint family (monarda fistulosa).
Origin: f. Bergamote, fr. It. Bergamotta; prob. A corruption of turk. Beg armdi a lords pear.