Word of the DaySunday, August 31, 2014
\BLET-ing\ , noun;
the ripening of fruit, especially of fruit stored until the desired degree of softness is attained.
… the strange fruit was not good if eaten before ageing and bletting, when its taste became like chocolate.
-- Leslie Forbes, Waking Raphael, 2003
This "bletting" is the intermediate stage between maturity and decay, and is that yellowish woolliness of the fruit familiarly known as "mellowness."
-- Dr. Robert Brown, "A Fruit," Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, 1889
Bletting comes from the French word blet meaning "overripe." It entered English in the 1830s.
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