noun, plural fruits, (especially collectively) fruit.
verb (used with or without object)
- fruit bat,
- fruit beer,
- fruit body,
- fruit cocktail,
- fruit cup
Origin of fruit
Examples from the Web for fruit
Once I even got a Durian—Asian fruit notorious for smelling like a sweaty sock—which did not make me popular that month.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age|Van Dyke Parks|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was eating the meal on which he would play—steak, peas, lettuce, fruit jello, and tea.
“Instead, go for things that give you energy in a more sustained way, like fruit,” says Kennedy.
This is the first time the Vatican calls us for help, which is a good start and the fruit of what they are doing there.Vatican Hustle: Con Men No Longer Welcome in the Holy See|Tom Kington|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fruit of the blue grape is sour and hangs in long, heavy clusters.On the Trail|Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
There is a great profusion of fruit, the apples yielding a kind of cider which, however, does not keep longer than a month.
The breadfruit trees and coconut trees at this time were full of fruit.A Voyage to the South Sea|William Bligh
When cakes or fruit are sent into the playroom, he helps his guests all round before he touches any himself.The Bad Family and Other Stories|Mrs. Fenwick
How he had planned, dug, planted it; pruned his fruit trees; placed his anemones in leaf-mould, his bulbs on sand.Christmas Roses and Other Stories|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Word Origin for fruit
late 12c., from Old French fruit "fruit, fruit eaten as dessert; harvest; virtuous action" (12c.), from Latin fructus "an enjoyment, delight, satisfaction; proceeds, produce, fruit, crops," from frug-, stem of frui "to use, enjoy," from PIE *bhrug- "agricultural produce," also "to enjoy" (see brook (v.)).
Classical sense preserved in fruits of one's labor. Originally in English meaning vegetables as well. Modern narrower sense is from early 13c. Meaning "odd person, eccentric" is from 1910; that of "male homosexual" is from 1935. The term also is noted in 1931 as tramp slang for "a girl or woman willing to oblige," probably from the fact of being "easy picking." Fruit salad recorded from 1861.
To most of us, a fruit is a plant part that is eaten as a dessert or snack because it is sweet, but to a botanist a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant, and as such it may or may not taste sweet. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A peach, for example, contains a pit that can grow into a new peach tree, while the seeds known as peas can grow into another pea vine. To a botanist, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, pea pods, cucumbers, and winged maple seeds are all fruits. A vegetable is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. Thus, the leaf of spinach, the root of a carrot, the flower of broccoli, and the stalk of celery are all vegetables. In everyday, nonscientific speech we make the distinction between sweet plant parts (fruits) and nonsweet plant parts (vegetables). This is why we speak of peppers and cucumbers and squash-all fruits in the eyes of a botanist-as vegetables.
In botany, the part of a seed-bearing plant that contains the fertilized seeds capable of generating a new plant (see fertilization). Fruit develops from the female part of the plant. Apples, peaches, tomatoes, and many other familiar foods are fruits.
see bear fruit; forbidden fruit.