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pome

[pohm] /poʊm/
noun, Botany
1.
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.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pōma, plural (taken as singular) of pōmum fruit
Related forms
pomelike, adjective
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pome

/pəʊm/
noun
1.
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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pomelike in Science
pome
  (pōm)   
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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