1. A Chinese public officer or nobleman; a civil or military official in China and Annam.

2. <botany> A small orange, with easily separable rind. It is thought to be of Chinese origin, and is counted a distinct species (Citrus nobilis).

<chemistry> Mandarin duck, an artificial aniline dyestuff used for colouring silk and wool, and regarded as a complex derivative of quinoline.

Origin: Pg. Mandarim, from Malay mantri minister of state, prop. A Hind. Word, fr. Skr. Mantrin a counselor, manira a counsel, man to think.

(01 Mar 1998)