\ ˈpōm How to pronounce pome (audio) \

Definition of pome

: a fleshy fruit (such as an apple or pear) consisting of an outer thickened fleshy layer and a central core with usually five seeds enclosed in a capsule

Examples of pome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Quince is ginkgo-leaf yellow when ripe, and the pome is sensual to the eye and in hand — all Rubenesque curves and dimples. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 These pomes are one of the few fruits that are best when picked under ripe. oregonlive.com, 19 July 2019 Each fruit will come into its best maturity at slightly different times due to environmental factors, so when harvesting a pear tree, each pome will need to be individually considered before picking. oregonlive.com, 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of pome

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pome

Middle English, fruit, from Anglo-French pume, pomme apple, fruit, ultimately from Late Latin pomum

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“Pome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pome. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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