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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How to use drupe in a sentence
Some of the most common drupes include peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries, but olives, mangoes and pecans also fall under this category.A guide to stone fruit: How to choose, ripen, store and cook with it | Aaron Hutcherson | July 9, 2021 | Washington Post
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
Areca, a genus of lofty palms with pinnated leaves, and a drupe-like fruit enclosed in a fibrous rind.
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
The fruit is a purple-black, globular, berry-like drupe, containing a stone with one or two seeds.Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
The fruit is a black, berry-like drupe containing (usually) eight little, seedlike stones.Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
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
- drupaceous (druːˈpeɪʃəs), adjective
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Scientific definitions for drupe
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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