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drupe

[droop]
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noun Botany.
  1. any fruit, as a peach, cherry, plum, etc., consisting of an outer skin, a usually pulpy and succulent middle layer, and a hard and woody inner shell usually enclosing a single seed.

Origin of drupe

1745–55; < Latin drūpa, druppa overripe olive < Greek drýppa olive
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Examples from the Web for drupe

Historical Examples

  • Dr. Morris found Mrs. Drupe already a widow when he arrived with the cashier.

    Duffels

    Edward Eggleston

  • The flowers are small and insignificant; and the fruit is a drupe.

  • The fruit is a drupe, that is, it consists of a fleshy husk enclosing a nut.

  • Drupe roundish, covered with bloom; the stone furrowed at its inner edge.

    Woodland Gleanings

    Charles Tilt

  • The Almond fruit is a drupe, like the peach, but the flesh is thin and hard and the pit is the Almond of commerce.


British Dictionary definitions for drupe

drupe

noun
  1. an indehiscent fruit consisting of outer epicarp, fleshy or fibrous mesocarp, and stony endocarp enclosing a single seed, as in the peach, plum, and cherry
Derived Formsdrupaceous (druːˈpeɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin druppa wrinkled overripe olive, from Greek: olive
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Word Origin and History for drupe

n.

1753, from Modern Latin drupa "stone-fruit," from Latin drupa (oliva) "wrinkled olive," from Greek dryppa, short for drypepes "tree-ripened," from drys "tree" + pepon "ripe" (see pumpkin).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

drupe in Science

drupe

[drōōp]
  1. A simple fruit derived from a single carpel. A drupe usually contains a single seed enclosed by a hardened endocarp, which often adheres closely to the seed within. In peaches, plums, cherries, and olives, a fleshy edible mesocarp surrounds the endocarp (the pit or stone). In the coconut, a fibrous mesocarp (the husk) surrounds the endocarp (the shell), while the white edible portion is the endosperm. Compare berry pome. See more at simple fruit.
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