noun, plural: fruits
Classification of fruits based on the arrangement from which they derive:
- Simple fruits - fruits that developed from a single or compound ovary with only one pistil (of a single flower). Simple fruits may either be fleshy or dry fruits.
- Aggregate fruits - fruits that develop from a single flower of many simple pistils. Examples are blackberries and raspberries.
- Multiple fruits - fruits that develop from the ovaries of many flowers growing in a cluster. Examples are pineapple and mulberry.
- Accessory fruits - fruits that contain tissue derived from plant parts other than the ovary. Examples are strawberry, apple, pear, etc.
Word origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frūctus, enjoyment, fruit, from past participle of fruī, to enjoy.