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

Definition of unripe

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Tomatoes, members of the nightshade family, contain a toxin called solanine, which exists in higher concentrations in unripe tomatoes, as well as the stems and leaves. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2022 White hydrangeas were blooming, and the cherry, apple and plum trees were laden with unripe fruit. New York Times, 18 July 2022 If an unripe berry is in the way, the robot repositions for a better angle. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Coconut water is harvested from unripe coconuts that are around six to seven months old, according to Healthline. Daryl Perry, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 The secret to its satisfying crunch are very young, almost unripe mangoes, either from Thailand or India. New York Times, 18 July 2022 Later, a handful of blackberries is a handful of ripe/unripe/over-ripe/sweet/acid, etc., etc., blackberries. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 Recipes for this method of turning unripe tomatoes into a culinary confection appear in late 19th-century community cookbooks from Ohio as well as Jewish immigrant cookbooks. Casey Barber, CNN, 18 May 2022 The compound in the skin that can make vitamin D is known as 7-DHC, or provitamin D3, and it's also found in tomato plant leaves and unripe green fruit. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unripe

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unripe. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of unripe

: not ripe or mature

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