clingstone

noun
cling·​stone | \ ˈkliŋ-ˌstōn How to pronounce clingstone (audio) \

Definition of clingstone

: any of various stone fruits (such as some peaches or plums) with flesh that adheres strongly to the pit

Examples of clingstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Freestone and clingstone reference how much the flesh of the fruit adheres to its pit. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Fresh peaches are organized into two types: freestone (peaches where the fruit easily pulls away from the pit) and clingstone (the fruit clings to the pit). Callie Blount, al, 15 Aug. 2019 Freestone peaches pull easily away from the pit, while clingstone peaches (as the name implies) take a little more coaxing to release the fruit. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2019 Peachy perfection There are three types of peaches grown in the United States: clingstone, semi-freestone and freestone. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2019 Despite the shift in climate, peach season still starts in May with clingstones, aptly named because their flesh sticks to the pit, and eventually segues into easy-to-eat freestones. Kate Heddings, Washington Post, 11 July 2019 As the names imply, clingstone peach flesh clings to the pit, and the flesh of freestone peaches is easily removed from the pit. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 2019 Either one can be clingstone (where the pit adheres to the fruit's flesh) or freestone (where the pit can be easily removed). Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, 30 May 2019 Freestone peaches pull easily away from the pit, while clingstone peaches (as the name implies) take a little more coaxing to release the fruit. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of clingstone

1705, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

23 Jul 2021

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“Clingstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clingstone. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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