Fruit

Definition

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.


Supplement

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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