fruit

[froot]
noun, plural fruits (especially collectively) fruit.
1.
any product of plant growth useful to humans or animals.
2.
the developed ovary of a seed plant with its contents and accessory parts, as the pea pod, nut, tomato, or pineapple.
3.
the edible part of a plant developed from a flower, with any accessory tissues, as the peach, mulberry, or banana.
4.
the spores and accessory organs of ferns, mosses, fungi, algae, or lichen.
5.
anything produced or accruing; product, result, or effect; return or profit: the fruits of one's labors.
6.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a male homosexual.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
7.
to bear or cause to bear fruit: a tree that fruits in late summer; careful pruning that sometimes fruits a tree.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin frūctus enjoyment, profit, fruit, equivalent to frūg-, variant stem of fruī to enjoy the produce of + -tus suffix of v. action

fruitlike, adjective
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fruit (fruːt)
 
n
1.  botany the ripened ovary of a flowering plant, containing one or more seeds. It may be dry, as in the poppy, or fleshy, as in the peach
2.  any fleshy part of a plant, other than the above structure, that supports the seeds and is edible, such as the strawberry
3.  the specialized spore-producing structure of plants that do not bear seeds
4.  any plant product useful to man, including grain, vegetables, etc
5.  (often plural) the result or consequence of an action or effort
6.  old-fashioned, slang (Brit) chap; fellow: used as a term of address
7.  slang chiefly (Brit) a person considered to be eccentric or insane
8.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a male homosexual
9.  archaic offspring of man or animals; progeny
 
vb
10.  to bear or cause to bear fruit
 
[C12: from Old French, from Latin frūctus enjoyment, profit, fruit, from frūī to enjoy]
 
'fruitlike
 
adj

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fruit
late 12c., from O.Fr. fruit, from L. fructus "fruit, produce, profit," from frug-, stem of frui "to use, enjoy" (cognate with O.E. brucan "to enjoy," see brook (v.)). Older sense preserved in fruits of one's labor. Originally in English meaning vegetables as well. Modern narrower
sense is from early 13c. Meaning "odd person, eccentric" is from 1910; that of "male homosexual" is from 1935.
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fruit  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (frt)  Pronunciation Key 
The ripened ovary of a flowering plant that contains the seeds, sometimes fused with other parts of the plant. Fruits can be dry or fleshy. Berries, nuts, grains, pods, and drupes are fruits. ◇ Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries alone, such as the tomato and pea pod, are called true fruits. ◇ Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries and other parts such as the receptacle or bracts, as in the apple, are called accessory fruits or false fruits. See also aggregate fruit, multiple fruit, simple fruit., See Note at berry.

Our Living Language  : To most of us, a fruit is a plant part that is eaten as a dessert or snack because it is sweet, but to a botanist a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant, and as such it may or may not taste sweet. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A peach, for example, contains a pit that can grow into a new peach tree, while the seeds known as peas can grow into another pea vine. To a botanist, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, pea pods, cucumbers, and winged maple seeds are all fruits. A vegetable is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. Thus, the leaf of spinach, the root of a carrot, the flower of broccoli, and the stalk of celery are all vegetables. In everyday, nonscientific speech we make the distinction between sweet plant parts (fruits) and nonsweet plant parts (vegetables). This is why we speak of peppers and cucumbers and squash—all fruits in the eyes of a botanist—as vegetables.

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fruit definition


In botany, the part of a seed-bearing plant that contains the fertilized seeds capable of generating a new plant (see fertilization). Fruit develops from the female part of the plant. Apples, peaches, tomatoes, and many other familiar foods are fruits.

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Fruit definition


a word as used in Scripture denoting produce in general, whether vegetable or animal. The Hebrews divided the fruits of the land into three classes:, (1.) The fruit of the field, "corn-fruit" (Heb. dagan); all kinds of grain and pulse. (2.) The fruit of the vine, "vintage-fruit" (Heb. tirosh); grapes, whether moist or dried. (3.) "Orchard-fruits" (Heb. yitshar), as dates, figs, citrons, etc. Injunctions concerning offerings and tithes were expressed by these Hebrew terms alone (Num. 18:12; Deut. 14:23). This word "fruit" is also used of children or offspring (Gen. 30:2; Deut. 7:13; Luke 1:42; Ps. 21:10; 132:11); also of the progeny of beasts (Deut. 28:51; Isa. 14:29). It is used metaphorically in a variety of forms (Ps. 104:13; Prov. 1:31; 11:30; 31:16; Isa. 3:10; 10:12; Matt. 3:8; 21:41; 26:29; Heb. 13:15; Rom. 7:4, 5; 15:28). The fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23; Eph. 5:9; James 3:17, 18) are those gracious dispositions and habits which the Spirit produces in those in whom he dwells and works.

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fruit

see bear fruit; forbidden fruit.

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Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.
Some cultures use almost every part of the tree from the leaves to the water
  inside of the coconut fruit.
As a result, she can collect the fruit in this situation.
The leaves and stems are poisonous, but the fruit is eminently edible.
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