: a one-seeded indehiscent fruit having a hard bony endocarp, a fleshy mesocarp, and a thin exocarp that is flexible (as in the cherry) or dry and almost leathery (as in the almond)

Examples of drupe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Note: Sloes are a type of drupe (a stone fruit that is not a plum nor a berry) that tastes a lot like a cherry. Jeff Burkhart, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 Types of peppercorns Different types of peppercorns—green, black, and white—all start the same way: as a drupe, growing in clusters on a flowering vine of the plant Piper nigrum. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 7 Jan. 2024 The tree is known for its aromatic, white-pinkish flowers pollinated by honeybees and grows fruit called a drupe which resembles a peach or plum. USA TODAY, 4 July 2023 Fruit is a one-fourth-inch shiny black drupe that is rarely eaten by birds. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 17 Mar. 2023 Coconut is Not a Nut Technically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe. Elsbeth Sites, Discover Magazine, 12 Aug. 2014 Juicy peaches are part of the stone fruit, or drupe, family. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2022 But the monumental tree in the village of Vouves does more than make drupe fruit. Richard Stenger, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 Each orb of citrus, berry, or drupe feels like a special gift from the earth, a sweet surprise that can both quench your thirst and fill your stomach. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


New Latin drupa, from Latin, overripe olive, from Greek dryppa olive

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drupe was circa 1753

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“Drupe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drupe. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a fleshy fruit (as the plum, cherry, or peach) having one seed enclosed in a hard stony material

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