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[fruhk-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, froo k-, frook-]
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  1. act of fructifying; the fruiting of a plant, fungus, etc.
  2. the fruit itself.
  3. the organs of fruiting; fruiting body.
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Origin of fructification

1605–15; < Late Latin frūctificātion- (stem of frūctificātiō) a bearing of fruit, equivalent to Latin frūctificāt(us) (past participle of frūctificāre; see fructify) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for fructification

Historical Examples

  • Fourthly, the position of the head which the nature of fructification requires.

    Modern Painters Volume II (of V)

    John Ruskin

  • The object of this rite is the fructification of all seeds known to the Hopi.

  • It is very true that saps ascend for fructification; but what is this fructification, to which you allude?

    The Monikins

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • This, in a few words, is the main general character of the fructification.

    Ancient Plants

    Marie C. Stopes

  • Most of the mosses produce their fructification in the winter and spring.

British Dictionary definitions for fructification


  1. the act or state of fructifying
  2. the fruit of a seed-bearing plant
  3. any spore-bearing structure in ferns, mosses, fungi, etc
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fructification in Science


  1. The producing of fruit by an angiosperm.
  2. A seed-bearing or spore-bearing structure.
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