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[droop] /drup/
noun, Botany.
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 Unabridged
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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.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • The fruit is a drupe, that is, it consists of a fleshy husk enclosing a nut.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • 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.

  • The drupe or stone-fruit, which consists of a hard stone surrounded by a fleshy covering, as the plum and the cherry.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
  • The drupe is in this species round, with red skin and juicy flesh of a distinctly acid character.

  • We will then take them first into our consideration, and begin by giving an account of what is the structure of a drupe.

  • It was while the manager was deciding which of three other young women to take that Mr. drupe was stricken with apoplexy.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • The flesh is dry and seeds solitary under the thick skin of the drupe.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for drupe


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 Forms
drupaceous (druːˈpeɪʃəs) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin druppa wrinkled overripe olive, from Greek: olive
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Word Origin and History for drupe

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
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drupe in Science
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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