: 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 He’s been up and down Appalachia searching out rare types of his beloved pome, many of which were nearly extinct. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pome was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pome. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a fleshy fruit (as an apple or pear) consisting of a central core that has usually five seeds and is surrounded by a thick fleshy outer layer

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