noun (see Usage notes for discussion of plural)
- (botany) The seed-bearing part of a plant, often edible, colourful/colorful and fragrant, produced from a floral ovary after fertilization.
- While cucumber is technically a , one would not usually use it to make jam.
- (context, nutrition) Any sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles fruit, even if it does not develop from a floral ovary; also used in a technically imprecise sense for some sweet or sweetish vegetables, such as rhubarb, that resemble a true fruit or are used in cookery as if they were a fruit.
- fruit salad, Fruit salad is a simple way of making fruits into a dessert.
- (figurative) A positive end result or reward of labour/labor or effort.
- ''His long nights in the office eventually bore , when his business boomed and he was given a raise.
- (figurative) A child of a marriage.
- The of the union.
- (context, offensive slang) A homosexual or effeminate man.
Etymology: (1125"75) Middle English fruit, fruits and vegetables, from Old French fruit, from fructus, enjoyment, proceeds, profits, produce, income, a derivative of frui, to have the benefit of, to use, to enjoy, from Proto-Indo-European base , to make use of, to have enjoyment of; cognate with Modern German brauchen, to use.
- To produce fruit.
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