free·​stone | \ ˈfrē-ˌstōn How to pronounce freestone (audio) \

Definition of freestone

1 : a stone that may be cut freely without splitting
2a : a fruit stone to which the flesh does not cling
b : a fruit having such a stone

Examples of freestone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In later June or early July, the La Feliciana freestone peach is a good choice. Calvin Finch,, "Backyard fruit trees in San Antonio: What you need to know," 9 Jan. 2020 These are the freestone peach variety — known for its fruit falling off the pit — and straight from Georgia's Pearson Farm. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Massively popular peach truck coming back to metro Detroit: Where to find it," 18 July 2019 Starting the last week of August, Ela will also harvest freestones — peaches with pits that fall right off the fruit’s flesh — as opposed to clings, which do just what their name suggests. Josie Sexton, The Know, "From peach foie gras to boozy slushies, 20 ways to eat peaches at Denver restaurants right now," 28 Aug. 2019 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, "How to make homemade peach frozen yogurt," 15 Aug. 2019 Available starting in June each year, freestone peaches are perfect for canning. Callie Blount, al, "How to make homemade peach frozen yogurt," 15 Aug. 2019 Major rebuilding works were carried out in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by the Carnarvon family and the old brick and freestone house was converted to a classical Georgian mansion within a pastoral setting. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Get Married at Downton Abbey," 30 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 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

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First Known Use of freestone

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freestone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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