- 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
Dr. Morris found Mrs. Drupe already a widow when he arrived with the cashier.Duffels
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
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 Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
- 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
C18: from Latin druppa wrinkled overripe olive, from Greek: olive
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
- 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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