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noun Botany.
  1. the characteristic fruit of the apple family, as an apple, pear, or quince, in which the edible flesh arises from the greatly swollen receptacle and not from the carpels.
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Origin of pome

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pōma, plural (taken as singular) of pōmum fruit
Related formspome·like, adjective
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Related Words for pomes

kernel, bean, grain, product, nut, crop, produce, berry, hip, seed, pome, drupe, drupelet, haw, harvest, yield, pseudocarp

Examples from the Web for pomes

Historical Examples of pomes

  • Soon afterwards he played me his delicious Pomes de Mallarm.

    An Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

  • I see his pomes in th' pa-aper, Hinnissy; an' they're all right.

  • Ces pomes se passent l'un l'autre le flambeau de la tradition humaine.

  • Possibly the lack of affinity between different varieties is more pronounced than with other pomes.

  • I am afraid my pomes symphoniques are not quite on the after-dinner level, my dear.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

British Dictionary definitions for pomes


  1. the fleshy fruit of the apple and related plants, consisting of an enlarged receptacle enclosing the ovary and seeds
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Word Origin for pome

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin pōma apple, pl (assumed to be sing) of Latin pōmum apple
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Word Origin and History for pomes



late 14c., of types of apples or apple-shaped objects, from Old French pome "apple" (12c., Modern French pomme), from Late Latin or Vulgar Latin *poma "apple," originally plural of Latin pomus "fruit," later "apple" (see Pomona).

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pomes in Science


  1. A fleshy simple fruit that has several seed chambers developed from a compound ovary and an outer fleshy part developed from the enlarged base of the flower. The pome is an accessory fruit and is characteristic of certain plants in the rose family, such as the apple and pear. Also called false fruit Compare berry drupe. See more at accessory fruit simple fruit.
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