un·​ripe | \ ˌən-ˈrīp How to pronounce unripe (audio) \

Definition of unripe

1 : not ripe : immature unripe fruit
2 : not ready : unprepared unripe plans

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Other Words from unripe

unripeness noun

Examples of unripe in a Sentence

Bananas are green when unripe. unripe and unprepared recruits who were sent into battle as cannon fodder

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Amchur, ground dried unripe mango powder, is available at Indian grocery stores and specialty spice stores. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Puffed Rice Salad With Date Syrup & Lime Dressing," 1 July 2019 However, urine samples found that two-thirds of the ill children showed evidence of exposure to toxins in lychee seeds, found in higher levels in unripe fruits. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Brain disease linked to lychee toxins kills 47 children in India," 13 June 2019 Pawpaws can’t be forced to ripen—picked too early, an unripe pawpaw will darken, but never turn soft and sweeten. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 2018 Skyrocketing prices make the pods attractive to thieves, pressuring farmers to harvest unripe crops, further limiting the supply of high-quality beans. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Vanilla extract costs what? A worldwide shortage means it’s time to find other options," 23 Aug. 2018 Tomatillos have a slightly more acidic, slightly less sweet flavor than ripe and unripe tomatoes. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "What Are Tomatillos, Anyway?," 26 Mar. 2018 And then came the Nocino, a complimentary digestif Nodler and Kincaid had steeped with unripe black walnuts from Green Meadow Farm along with lemon, brown sugar, and a complex array of spice. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "At Cadence, bold new culinary talents cook with the seasons," 1 June 2018 Scientifically known as Drosophila suzukii, this peppercorn-size insect uses a serrated organ to lay its eggs inside—rather than on top of—unripe fruit, damaging raspberry, strawberry, and cherry crops across the globe. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Can a genetic weapon combat one of the world’s major crop destroyers?," 23 Apr. 2018 Tomatoes, potatoes and rhubarb Tomatoes, especially unripe green ones, are toxic and can cause all sorts of problems that can lead to heart failure. E.a. Anne, Woman's Day, "10 Common Foods That Are Extremely Toxic to Dogs," 13 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of unripe

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unripe

of food : not fully grown or developed : not yet ready to eat : not ripe


un·​ripe | \ ˌən-ˈrīp How to pronounce unripe (audio) \

Kids Definition of unripe

: not ripe or mature

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