noun, plural fruits, (especially collectively) fruit.
verb (used with or without object)
Words nearby fruit
Origin of fruit
OTHER WORDS FROM fruitfruit·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for fruiting
While slow in coming in bearing, after fruiting begins the trees bear regularly and abundantly.The Pears of New York|U. P. Hedrick
I looked through a vista blooming with pleasures, fruiting with achievements, and beautiful as the cloud-isles of the sunset.Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales|Robert L. Taylor
For winter supplies a first sowing may be made in June, in a cold frame, and prepared for transfer to fruiting pots in September.
By many, indeed, these fruiting trees will be considered worth growing for the encouragement they give to bird-life.Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens|Ernest Thomas Cook
As he smoked his favorite weed, the circumambient gray was as a smudge in the midst of a fruiting orange grove.Edith and John|Franklin S. Farquhar
British Dictionary definitions for fruiting
Derived forms of fruitfruitlike, adjective
Word Origin for fruit
Science definitions for fruiting
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.
Culture definitions for fruiting
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.
Idioms and Phrases with fruiting
see bear fruit; forbidden fruit.