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noun, plural so·ro·ses [suh-roh-seez] /səˈroʊ siz/. Botany.
  1. a fleshy multiple fruit composed of many flowers, seed vessels, and receptacles consolidated, as in the pineapple and mulberry.
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Origin of sorosis1

1825–35; < New Latin, equivalent to Greek sōr(ós) heap + New Latin -ōsis -osis


noun, plural so·ro·ses [suh-roh-seez] /səˈroʊ siz/, so·ro·sis·es.
  1. a women's society or club.
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Origin of sorosis2

after the name of a club established in 1868; based on Latin soror sister
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Examples from the Web for sorosis

Historical Examples

  • Sorosis—It was very wrong for your husband to mention the muddy coffee.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 19, August 6, 1870


  • Once a year the ladies of Sorosis give a banquet, to which gentlemen, as well as ladies, are invited.

  • Mrs. Irving M. Scott, president of Sorosis, received the Congress socially in her elegant home.

  • Had a good rest and a short walk and went to Sorosis dinner, which was very brilliant and fine.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

  • The members of Sorosis, when in session, are well-bred, if not always clear-headed and reasonable.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for sorosis


noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. a fleshy multiple fruit, such as that of the pineapple and mulberry, formed from flowers that are crowded together on a fleshy stem
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek sōros a heap
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Word Origin and History for sorosis


"consolidated fleshy multiple fruit" (e.g. a pineapple), 1831, from Modern Latin, from Greek soros "a heap."

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