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noun, plural: fruits

(1) (botany) The seed-bearing structure in angiosperms formed from the ovary after flowering.

(2) The edible, usually fleshy and sweet smelling part of a plant that may or may not contain seed(s).

(3) The offspring from a sexual union.


Classification of fruits based on the arrangement from which they derive:

Word origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frūctus, enjoyment, fruit, from past participle of fruī, to enjoy.

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... being exposed to drastically different environments in different areas. One area is a grassland full of predators, while the other is a forest of fruiting trees. The grassland is pushing for bulkier Homo that can fight off predators with their bare hands. The forest is pushing for small and lightweight ...

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Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
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Concept of sexuality in plants.

... fertilization involved at all, and all parts of the plant are asexual? I was also wondering, if seeds have a gender? If they do, within the same fruit, is it possible to have both male and female seeds? Thanks in advance.

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by pavankasi
Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Concept of sexuality in plants.
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Flowers' selective pressure on plant-eating insects

... sexual reproduction. In effect, this may have actually been the primary driver of the evolution of flowers. In the same way that the evolution of fruit is on the one hand a seed dispersal tool but on the other hand a potent way of providing a way for animals to break out of the cycle of needing ...

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by expuddle
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Flowers' selective pressure on plant-eating insects
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Structure of flower

... the ovary, through which the pollen tube grows. Ovary Enlarged base of the carpel containing the ovule or ovules. The ovary matures to become a fruit. Ovule Located in the ovaries. Carries female gametes. Ovules become seeds on fertilization.

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by snowfall
Thu May 30, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Structure of flower
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drosophila experiment help

I am in general genetics and in the midst of conducting a Drosophila melangaster fruit fly cross breeding experiment. I have two mutations: ruffled edge wing in one stock, and reduced eye size in a different stock. I am stuck. I would like some help, please. Which ...

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by jftustin42
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: drosophila experiment help
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