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[pohm] /poʊm/
noun, Botany
the characteristic fruit of the apple family, as an apple, pear, or quince, in which the edible flesh arises from the greatly swollen receptacle and not from the carpels.
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pōma, plural (taken as singular) of pōmum fruit
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pomelike, adjective Unabridged
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  • Restrictions may be developed for use of this product when used to treat pome fruits.
  • The quince is a relative of the apple and pear and belongs to the pome fruit family.
British Dictionary definitions for pome


the fleshy fruit of the apple and related plants, consisting of an enlarged receptacle enclosing the ovary and seeds
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Late Latin pōma apple, pl (assumed to be sing) of Latin pōmum apple
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Word Origin and History for pome

late 14c., of types of apples or apple-shaped objects, from Old French pome "apple" (12c., Modern French pomme), from Late Latin or Vulgar Latin *poma "apple," originally plural of Latin pomus "fruit," later "apple" (see Pomona).

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pome in Science
A fleshy simple fruit that has several seed chambers developed from a compound ovary and an outer fleshy part developed from the enlarged base of the flower. The pome is an accessory fruit and is characteristic of certain plants in the rose family, such as the apple and pear. Also called false fruit. Compare berry, drupe. See more at accessory fruit, simple fruit.

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