noun, plural fruits, (especially collectively) fruit.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of fruit
Examples from the Web for fruits
I try to eat less processed food, like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nothing over-processed.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave|James Joiner|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet Lohse is confident that the reader will take his actions as the fruits of selfless moral courage.
Try drinking your fruits and veggies with these healthy (and tasty) green smoothie recipes.
Fruits were shown to be the most popular flavor, followed close behind by dessert and alcohol.Teens Are Huge Buyers of Flavored E-Cigs, Studies Show|Abby Haglage|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The anti-oxidant can also be found in other fruits and vegetables including watermelons, apricots and pink grapefruits.
As one of the fruits of polygamy, the children of different mothers are always in a state of variance.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
The tree shakes down its fruits, and the mind sheds forth its thoughts.A Man's Value to Society|Newell Dwight Hillis
Besides these here are many sorts of fruits which I have not met with anywhere but here; as arisahs, mericasahs, petangos, etc.A Voyage to New Holland|William Dampier
As fruits of a crowded and exciting summer Champlain could point to a group of three two-storeyed buildings.The Founder of New France: A Chronicle of Champlain|Charles W. Colby
The fruits are large and have a thick coating of fibrous pulp, which is cooked and eaten or made into jelly.
British Dictionary definitions for fruits
Word Origin for fruit
Word Origin and History for fruits
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.
Science definitions for fruits
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 fruits
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 fruits
see bear fruit; forbidden fruit.