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drupe

[ droop ]
/ drup /
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noun 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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Origin of drupe

First recorded in 1745–55; from Latin drūpa, druppa “wrinkled olive, overripe olive,” from Greek drýppa “olive”
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British Dictionary definitions for drupe

drupe
/ (druːp) /

noun

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

Derived forms of drupe

drupaceous (druːˈpeɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for drupe

C18: from Latin druppa wrinkled overripe olive, from Greek: olive
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Scientific definitions for drupe

drupe
[ drōōp ]

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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