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  1. having a pit to which the pulp adheres closely, as certain peaches and plums.
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  1. a clingstone peach.
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Origin of clingstone

An Americanism dating back to 1695–1705; cling1 + stone
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Examples from the Web for clingstone

Historical Examples

  • It resembles Elberta in size, shape and season but is a clingstone.

    The Peaches of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • This clingstone ripens in September and attains the size of Elberta.

  • Fruit large, round, with a yellow surface; clingstone; very good.

  • The pit is small and clingstone; size of fruit is about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

  • Fruits very large, of yellow color throughout; meat very firm; clingstone.

British Dictionary definitions for clingstone


    1. a fruit, such as certain peaches, in which the flesh tends to adhere to the stone
    2. (as modifier)a clingstone peach
    Compare freestone (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for clingstone


"fruit having the pulp adhering firmly to the stone," 1722, from cling (v.) + stone (n.). Also as an adjective.

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