Origin of bletFrench blet, blette, overripe, soft
An example of blet.
An example of blet is a moldy peach.
(third-person singular simple present blets, present participle bletting, simple past and past participle bletted)
Coined by John Lindley, in his Introduction to Botany (1835), p. 296:
- “After the period of ripeness, most fleshy fruits undergo a new kind of alteration; their flesh either rots or blets.*
- * May I be forgiven for coining a word to express that peculiar bruised appearance in some fruits, called blessi [sic] by the French, for which we have no equivalent English expression ?”
Emphasis and footnote in original, and though written as blessi, the French word for bletted is blette, and Lindley coined “blet”, suggesting an error in the text.