fruc·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌfrək-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce fructification (audio)
: the reproductive organs or fruit of a plant
especially : sporophore

Word History


borrowed from New Latin frūctificātiōn-, frūctificātiō, going back to Late Latin, "act of producing fruit," from frūctificāre "to bear fruit" + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at fructify

Note: In English, an earlier sense was "act of producing fruit" (compare Middle English fructificacion "fruitfulness"), borrowed from Late Latin.

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fructification was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Fructification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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