one piece of tangerine

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  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Here is a diagram showing all the parts of a citrus fruit (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc.)

    As Owlman mentioned we would normally call it a segment or section (I call it a section); the scientific name is "carpel" and you probably will never hear that in conversation.

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    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    If I was just causally offering someone a piece to eat I would just call it a piece. Or even more likely, "Do you want some?"
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Do you want a bit of/some of my tangerine? A "piece" of tangerine sounds a little odd to me, but not incorrect.

    If I were being very precise and offering only one segment, that is the word I'd use.
     

    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    English (northeastern US)
    I'd call it a piece (less likely a section) also, even if I know the person to whom I'm offering it knows the word 'segment' perfectly well. 'Segment' is rather technical for an everyday conversation in the break room at work.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "Piece" can be used for any fragment of a citrus fruit no matter how you've sliced it. Depending on the context, if you specifically want a segment/section, you may need to be more specific than "piece."
     
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