un·​ripe | \ˌən-ˈrīp \

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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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 Tomatillos, sometimes called husk tomatoes, look like green, unripe tomatoes with a dry, leafy husk that wraps around the outside. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "What Are Tomatillos, Anyway?," 26 Mar. 2018 Julienned carrots, onions, and unripe mango are mixed with herbs like mint and basil before being marinated in a nuoc cham and lime–based sauce. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Beyond Pho and Banh Mi: 22 Must-Eat Vietnamese Dishes," 6 Jan. 2018 And, yes, as with the unripe fruit, the Trumpmobile has proven as bad as many feared. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "The Democratic Case for Not Impeaching Trump," 22 Aug. 2017

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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


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Kids Definition of unripe

: not ripe or mature

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