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fruit

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noun \ˈfrüt\

Simple Definition of fruit

  • : a usually sweet food (such as a blueberry, orange, or apple) that grows on a tree or bush

  • : the part of a plant that has the seeds in it (such as the pod of a pea, a nut, a grain, or a berry)

  • : a result or reward that comes from some action or activity

Full Definition of fruit

  1. 1 a :  a product of plant growth (as grain, vegetables, or cotton) <the fruits of the field> b (1) :  the usually edible reproductive body of a seed plant; especially :  one having a sweet pulp associated with the seed <the fruit of the tree> (2) :  a succulent plant part (as the petioles of a rhubarb plant) used chiefly in a dessert or sweet course c :  a dish, quantity, or diet of fruits <live on fruit> d :  a product of fertilization in a plant with its modified envelopes or appendages; specifically :  the ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents e :  the flavor or aroma of fresh fruit in mature wine

  2. 2 :  offspring, progeny

  3. 3 a :  the state of bearing fruit <a tree in fruit> b :  the effect or consequence of an action or operation :  product, result <the fruits of our labor>

  4. 4 usually disparaging :  a male homosexual

fruit·ed play \ˈfrü-təd\ adjective

Examples of fruit

  1. apples, oranges, and other fruits

  2. <one fruit of your faithfulness in carrying out your duties will be more rewarding responsibilities>



Origin of fruit

Middle English, from Anglo-French frut, fruit, from Latin fructus fruit, use, from frui to enjoy, have the use of — more at brook


First Known Use: 12th century


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fruit

verb

Simple Definition of fruit

  • : to produce fruit

Full Definition of fruit

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to bear fruit

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to bear fruit

Examples of fruit

  1. When will the trees fruit?



14th Century

First Known Use of fruit

14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



FRUIT Defined for Kids

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fruit

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noun \ˈfrüt\

Definition of fruit

  1. 1 :  a usually soft and juicy plant part (as rhubarb, a strawberry, or an orange) that is often eaten as a dessert and is distinguished from a vegetable

  2. 2 :  a product of fertilization in a seed plant that consists of the ripened ovary of a flower with its included seeds <Apples, cucumbers, nuts, and blueberries are all fruits.>

  3. 3 :  2result 1, product <You can enjoy the fruits of your labors.>

fruit·ed \-əd\ adjective <a fruited plant>



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fruit

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verb

Definition of fruit

fruit·edfruit·ing

  1. :  to bear or cause to bear fruit




Medical Dictionary

fruit

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noun \ˈfrüt\

Medical Definition of fruit

  1. 1:  the usually edible reproductive body of a seed plant; especially :  one having a sweet pulp associated with the seed <the fruit of the tree>

  2. 2:  a product of fertilization in a plant with its modified envelopes or appendages; specifically :  the ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents





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