drupe

noun
\ ˈdrüp How to pronounce drupe (audio) \

Definition of drupe

: 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)

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Botanically, the olive is a drupe, as are cherries, almonds, and plums — a fair amount of flesh and a stone-hard pit. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Marinating olives, Sicilian style and simply," 12 June 2019 In any botanist's book that means they're technically classified as fruits — specifically a kind called drupes, a.k.a. stone fruits. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It Turns Out Olives Are Actually Fruits and Not Vegetables," 11 Dec. 2018 Well, fortunately, from drinks to desserts, the fruit— technically speaking, a drupe — is one of the more versatile growing in area soils. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Everything’s peachy with Texas’ favorite fruit," 30 May 2018 Stone fruit, also called drupes, include such summer favorites as peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and cherries as well as all their crosses such as pluots and apriums. Debbie Arrington, sacbee.com, "How to get most out of summer peaches, plums and nectarines," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of drupe

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drupe

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

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