What is the history of naming of apricots?

The name "apricot" comes from a Latin word praecoquum meaning early ripe because the tree blooms so early in the spring. Earlier forms of the name showed a "b" instead of "p", that is abrecock but there may have been alteration because of the Latin apricus or sunny. The Spanish word is albaricoque; Italian alberocco; Arbian albarquq; late Greek praekokion.

Seelig, R.A. 1969September. Fruit & Vegetable Facts & Pointers: Apricots. United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association 777 14th, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012.