A selection of different fruits.
The definition of a fruit is the mature ovary of a flowering plant that is edible and usually eaten raw.
Facts About Fruits
- Fruits that have a hardened shell belong to the group Pepo.
- Fruits that have a rind belong to the group called Hesperidium.
- Fruits that grow from a single ovary in the plant are a berry.
- An example of a fruit from the group Pepo is a pumpkin, gourd, melon and cucumber.
- Examples of fruits from the group Hesperidium are lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges.
- Examples of fruits from the True Berry group are gooseberry, currants, eggplant, kiwi and grapes.
- Fruit is defined as the positive result of something done.
An example of fruit is a newborn baby.
- any plant product, as grain, flax, vegetables, etc.: usually used in pl.
- the edible plant structure of a mature ovary of a flowering plant, usually eaten raw: many fruits which are not sweet, as tomatoes, beans, green peppers, etc., are popularly called vegetables
- the quality of being fruity (sense ); fruitiness: said of wine
- the result, product, or consequence of any action: fruit of hard work
- ⌂ Slang a male homosexual: term of contempt or derision
- Archaic offspring; young
- Bot. the mature ovary of a flowering plant, together with its contents, and any closely connected parts, as the whole peach, pea pod, cucumber, etc.
Origin of fruitMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fructus, enjoyment, means of enjoyment, fruit, produce, profit ; from past participle of frui, to partake of, enjoy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhr?g-, fruit, to enjoy from source brook
nounpl. fruit or fruits
- a. The ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant, together with accessory parts, containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms.b. An edible, usually sweet and fleshy form of such a structure.c. A part or an amount of such a plant product, served as food: fruit for dessert.
- The fertile, often spore-bearing structure of a plant that does not bear seeds.
- A plant crop or product: the fruits of the earth.
- Result; outcome: the fruit of their labor.
- Offspring; progeny.
- A fruity aroma or flavor in a wine.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
intr. & tr.v.fruit·ed, fruit·ing, fruits
Origin of fruitMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin fr&umacron;ctus, enjoyment, fruit, from past participle of fru&imacron;, to enjoy.
(countable and uncountable, plural fruits) (see Usage notes for discussion of plural)
- (botany) The seed-bearing part of a plant, often edible, colourful/colorful and fragrant, produced from a floral ovary after fertilization.
- While cucumber is technically a fruit, one would not usually use it to make jam.
- Any sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles seed-bearing fruit, even if it does not develop from a floral ovary; also used in a technically imprecise sense for some sweet or sweetish vegetables, such as rhubarb, that resemble a true fruit or are used in cookery as if they were a fruit.
- Fruit salad is a simple way of making fruits into a dessert.
- An end result, effect, or consequence; advantageous or advantageous result.
- His long nights in the office eventually bore fruit when his business boomed and he was given a raise.
- Offspring from a sexual union.
- The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier.
- (colloquial, derogatory, dated) A homosexual or effeminate man.
- In the botanical and figurative senses, fruit is usually treated as uncountable:
- a bowl of fruit; eat plenty of fruit; the tree provides fruit.
- fruits is also sometimes used as the plural in the botanical sense:
- berries, achenes, and nuts are all fruits; the fruits of this plant split into two parts.
- When fruit is treated as uncountable in the botanical sense, a piece of fruit is often used as a singulative.
- In senses other than the botanical or figurative ones derived from the botanical sense, the plural is fruits.
- The culinary sense often does not cover true fruits that are savoury or used chiefly in savoury foods, such as tomatoes and peas. These are normally described simply as vegetables.
(third-person singular simple present fruits, present participle fruiting, simple past and past participle fruited)
- To produce fruit.
(1125–75) Middle English fruit, frut "fruits and vegetables" from Old French fruit, from Latin fructus, a derivative of Latin frui (“to have the benefit of, to use, to enjoy”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrug- (“to make use of, to have enjoyment of”); cognate with Modern German brauchen "to use", English brook "to tolerate". Displaced native Middle English ovet (“fruit”) (from Old English ofett (“fruit”)), Middle English wastum, wastom (“fruit, growth”) (from Old English wæstm (“growth, produce, increase, fruit”)), Middle English blede (“fruit, flower, offspring”) (from Old English blēd (“fruit, flower”)).