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

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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, "Recipes: Three refreshing blueberry desserts," 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, "New cookbook celebrates the joy of summer peaches," 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, "How one couple made it cool to wait in line for 25-pound boxes of perfect summer peaches," 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, "Peach-glazed chicken: Easy, one-skillet recipe is done in 30 minutes," 7 July 2019 Peaches are a member of the rose family and are typically classified as clingstone or freestone. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Peach-glazed chicken: Easy, one-skillet recipe is done in 30 minutes," 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, "Peach vs. Nectarine: What's the Difference Between the Two?," 30 May 2019

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1705, in the meaning defined above

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