Word of the Day / Klementina: The fruit named for a French missionary in Algeria
Clementines were named for Father Clement Rodier, who tended an orphanage's citrus trees and accidentally created the juicy little fruits.
The Hebrew word for the citrus fruit clementine is klementina (kle-men-ti-NA). As you probably guessed, the word was simply taken from the English, when the fruit was first brought over in the 1920s. But where does the word clementine come from?