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Friday, April 28, 2017
Definitions for drupe
  1. 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.

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Citations for drupe
Its leaves are shaped like spear-heads; the fruit is a kind of drupe, clothed in fleshy scales. Thomas Mayne Reid, The Castaways, 1870
This Festival is devoted to the mysteries of Plant Reproduction, especially that of those wondrous trees, the Angiosperms, with special emphasis upon the Drupes and the Pomaceous Fruits. Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood, 2009
Origin of drupe
1745-1755
Even in Latin, drūpa, druppa “olive, overripe olive” was a term used only by technical writers, e.g., Pliny the Elder (a.d. 23-79). The Latin noun, a direct borrowing from Greek drýppa, was adopted by Carl Linné (in Latin Carolus Linnaeus) 1707-78, the Swedish botanist and naturalist, in his own scientific writings, written in Latin. Drupe entered English as a technical botanical term in the 18th century.
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