any fruit with a soft, fleshy part (mesocarp) covered by a skinlike outer layer (exocarp, or epicarp) and surrounding an inner stone (endocarp) that contains the seed, as an apricot, cherry, plum, etc.
Origin of drupeModern Latin drupa ; from Classical Latin drupa (oliva), overripe (olive) ; from Classical Greek druppa (elaa) olive, origin, originally , (olive) ripened on tree, contr. ; from drupepēs
A fleshy fruit, such as a peach, plum, or cherry, usually having a single hard stone that encloses a seed. Also called stone fruit.
Origin of drupeLatin drūpa, druppa, overripe olive, from Greek druppā, olive, possibly alteration of drupepēs, ripened on the tree : drūs, dru-, tree; see deru- in Indo-European roots + peptein, pep-, to ripen; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
- A stone fruit.
Scientific Latin, from Latin drūpa, from Ancient Greek δρύππᾱ (druppā).