a fruit, as the apple, strawberry, or pineapple, that contains, in addition to a mature ovary and seeds, a significant amount of other tissue.
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Also called false fruit, pseudocarp.
Origin of accessory fruit
First recorded in 1895–1900
Words nearby accessory fruit
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British Dictionary definitions for accessory fruit
another name for pseudocarp
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Scientific definitions for accessory fruit
A fruit, such as the pear or strawberry, that develops from a ripened ovary or ovaries but also has tissue derived from part of the plant outside the ovary. In pears and other pomes, the edible flesh is a swollen part of the stem, and the fruit is the seed-bearing core. In the strawberry, the receptacle is fleshy, and the fruits are achenes embedded in its surface. Also called false fruit pseudocarp Compare aggregate fruit multiple fruit simple fruit.
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