noun, plural fruits, (especially collectively) fruit.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of fruit
Related Words for fruitingemerge, derive, end, appear, rise, culminate, emanate, stem, produce, arise, follow, grow, ensue, occur, proceed, bloom, finish, attend, conclude, terminate
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Historical Examples of fruiting
The fruiting canes are taken off and are disposed of as in the Four-cane Kniffin.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
The plant goes on fruiting as long as the weather is mild and open.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Curiously enough, our own fruiting apple is not a native of America.Getting Acquainted with the Trees
J. Horace McFarland
A seedling from Bourbourg, Nord, France, first fruiting about 1850.The Peaches of New York
U. P. Hedrick
The date of its first fruiting is not known with certainty but it was probably about 1849.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
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.
Usage: 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.
see bear fruit; forbidden fruit.