• WordNet 3.6
    • n fructification organs of fruiting (especially the reproductive parts of ferns and mosses)
    • n fructification the bearing of fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fructification The act of forming or producing fruit; the act of fructifying, or rendering productive of fruit; fecundation. "The prevalent fructification of plants."
    • Fructification (Bot) The collective organs by which a plant produces its fruit, or seeds, or reproductive spores.
    • Fructification (Bot) The process of producing fruit, or seeds, or spores.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fructification The act of forming or producing fruit; the act of fructifying; fecundation.
    • n fructification Specifically, in bot.: The production of fruit by a plant; fruiting.
    • n fructification The result of fruiting; the fruit, of a plant.
    • n fructification The organs concerned in the process of fruiting; the pistils or female organs which develop into the fruit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fructification act of fructifying, or producing fruit:
    • ns Fructification (bot.) a term denoting sometimes the whole reproductive system, sometimes the 'fruit' itself
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fructificatio,: cf. F. fructification,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—fructus, fruit.


In literature:

As for Theron, the period was one of incredible fructification and output.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
It is very true that saps ascend for fructification; but what is this fructification, to which you allude?
"The Monikins" by J. Fenimore Cooper
We note three forms of fructification: 1.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 384, May 12, 1883" by Various
All fructifications, propagations, and prolifications, are continuations of creation, 183.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
The fermentation is caused by the mycelium of this fungus before the development of the fructification.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886" by Various
Various as the situation of the fructification is, in three out of the above four genera, yet the initial arrangements are precisely the same.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Hence those who create factitious unity of creed render these fructifications impossible.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
For the cultivation of the date nothing was needed but a proper water supply, and a little attention at the time of fructification.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 4. (of 7): Babylon" by George Rawlinson
In fructification a stalk rises from the body of the insect or larva and in the enlarged extremity of this the perithecia are grouped.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Fourthly, the position of the head which the nature of fructification requires.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin