• A monkey holding some partially eaten fruit
    A monkey holding some partially eaten fruit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fruit bear fruit "the trees fruited early this year"
    • v fruit cause to bear fruit
    • n fruit an amount of a product
    • n fruit the consequence of some effort or action "he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies"
    • n fruit the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
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Hummingbirds and Fruit Hummingbirds and Fruit
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Fruits Fruits

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mangos are known throughout the world as the "King of Fruits."
    • Fruit That which is produced; the effect or consequence of any action; advantageous or desirable product or result; disadvantageous or evil consequence or effect; as, the fruits of labor, of self-denial, of intemperance. "The fruit of rashness.""What I obtained was the fruit of no bargain.""They shall eat the fruit of their doings.""The fruits of this education became visible."
    • Fruit The produce of animals; offspring; young; as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body. "King Edward's fruit , true heir to the English crown."
    • Fruit (Hort) The pulpy, edible seed vessels of certain plants, especially those grown on branches above ground, as apples, oranges, grapes, melons, berries, etc. See 3.
    • Fruit (Bot) The ripened ovary of a flowering plant, with its contents and whatever parts are consolidated with it.
    • Fruit (Bot) The spore cases or conceptacles of flowerless plants, as of ferns, mosses, algae, etc., with the spores contained in them.
    • v. i Fruit To bear fruit. "Causeth the earth to fructify ."
    • Fruit Whatever is produced for the nourishment or enjoyment of man or animals by the processes of vegetable growth, as corn, grass, cotton, flax, etc.; -- commonly used in the plural. "Six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Grapes are grown around the world more than any other fruit
    • n fruit In a general sense, any product of vegetable growth useful to men or animals, as grapes, figs, corn, cotton, flax, and all cultivated plants.
    • n fruit In a more limited sense, the reproductive product of a tree or other plant; the seed of plants, or the part that contains the seeds, as wheat, rye, oats, apples, pears, nuts, etc.
    • n fruit In a still more limited sense, an edible succulent product of a plant, normally covering and including the seeds, as the apple, orange, lemon, peach, pear, plum, a berry, a melon, etc.; in a collective sense, such products in the aggregate.
    • n fruit In botany, the matured ovary of a plant, consisting of the seeds and their pericarp, and including whatever may be incorporated with it; also, the spores of cryptogams and the organs accessory to them. The kinds of fruit are very numerous, and differ greatly in character and degree of complexity. They have also received many names, but they may for the most part be grouped under the following classes: simple fruits, which consist of a single matured pistil; aggregate fruits, composed of a cluster of carpels belonging to the same flower, and crowded together upon the common receptacle; multiple or collective fruits, formed by the aggregation of the pistils of several flowers into one mass; and accessory or anthocarpous fruits, in which the true pericarp (belonging essentially to one of the preceding groups) is incorporated with or inclosed by an enlargement of some adjacent organ or organs, which becomes the most conspicuous portion of the fruit.
    • n fruit The produce of animals; offspring; young: as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body.
    • n fruit A product in general; anything produced by or resulting from effort of any kind, or by or from any cause; outcome, effect, result, or consequence: as, the fruits of victory; the fruit of folly.
    • fruit To produce fruit; come into bearing.
    • fruit To bring into fruit under cultivation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar. Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste.
    • n Fruit frōōt the produce of the earth, which supplies the wants of men and animals: the part of a plant which contains the seed: the offspring of animals: product, consequence, effect, advantage
    • v.i Fruit to produce fruit
    • ***


  • Roman Polanski
    Roman Polanski
    “If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.”
  • Herodotus
    “All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.”
  • James Allen
    “Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Sin, guilt, neurosis --they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Manners are not idle, but the fruit. Of loyal nature and of noble mind.”
  • Moliere
    “Love is often the fruit of marriage.”


Bear fruit - If something bears fruit, it produces positive results.
Forbidden fruit - Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
Low-hanging fruit - Low-hanging fruit are things that are easily achieved.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fruit, frut, F. fruit, from L. fructus, enjoyment, product, fruit, from frui, p. p. fructus, to enjoy; akin to E. brook, (v. t.) See Brook (v. t.), and cf. Fructify Frugal


In literature:

But he will take good care not to lose the fruit of his labor.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The resulting fruit has a core character unknown in other apples but approached in certain apple-like fruits, as the medlar.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
In spring find and examine the flowers, fruits, seeds, and also the leaves.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Seeds and fruits as boats and rafts .
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
From tropical fruits we will go on to semi-tropical fruits, then to temperate fruits and vines.
"Fruits of Queensland" by Albert Benson
Mix the fruit and sugar together and cook quickly, until fruits are clear and tender.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
"Sanctification" by J. W. Byers
Resting-places are made in the Alameda at regular distances; and there are on each side charming gardens, with luxuriant fruit-trees.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Fruit pie or fruit toast, a glass of milk, pecans.
"Food for the Traveler" by Dora Cathrine Cristine Liebel Roper
Save seed from one or more fruits from each of the selected plants, keeping that from each fruit, or at least each plant, separate.
"Tomato Culture: A Practical Treatise on the Tomato" by William Warner Tracy

In poetry:

Let other lovers lie
Under that great tree
Of rich incredible fruit
And make their suit:
"For the Seasons" by Marya Zaturenska
The stars were weary of routine:
The trees in the plantation
Were growing every fruit at once,
In search of sensation.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
At home, no rich fruit, hanging low,
Have I for Love to pull;
Only unripe things that must grow
Till Autumn's maund be full!
"To Any Friend" by George MacDonald
Thou the golden fruit dost bear,
I am clad in flowers fair;
Thy sweet boughs perfume the air,
And the turtle buildeth there.
"Love and Harmony" by William Blake
Such seeds of sin (that bitter root)
In every heart are found;
Nor can they bear diviner fruit,
Till grace refine the ground.
"Psalm 14 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Earth shall obey her Maker's will,
And yield a full increase;
Our God will crown his chosen isle
With fruitfulness and peace.
"Psalm 67" by Isaac Watts

In news:

See how to separate ctirus fruit into individual sections.
Watch How to Section Citrus Fruit in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
An exotic vine that threatens fruit trees, shrubs and other native plants is growing in the Delta town of Clarksburg …next to the Sacramento River.
2009 Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France: Alsace riesling at its most typical, all leanly focused white fruits in both aroma and flavor, with a cleansing , trap-door finish.
New entity entering frozen fruit arena.
The most traditional cobbler was sherry, sugar, fresh fruit and mountains of crushed ice.
Most often they are deep-dish fruit desserts with some kind of pastry topping.
Brown sugar pavlova with lime and coconut cream topped with tropical fruits.
Buddy Fruits Coconut Milk .
Singing kids spurn Walmart, will perform 'God Bless America' at fruit stand instead.
How to Safely Control This Fruit Tree Pest.
While other fruit flies lay eggs in the cracks and spots of soft or rotting fruit, the female Spotted Wing -- and she is not, in fact, spotted -- is uniquely equipped to attack green fruit in order to prepare a birthing bed.
How does dried fruit compare nutritionally to fresh fruit and what can I do about its sulfurous smell.
Photograph by Pat Kirk FRUITFUL LABEL: OSJ's new production announces itself with fruit-crate artwork.
For Fuji, a variety that doesn't always respond well to chemical thinners, they've had good results in reducing fruit set while improving fruit size and achieving return bloom.

In science:

Yoshino for fruitful discussions and suggestions on the manuscript.
Scaling Law and Aging Phenomena in the Random Energy Model
Authors are grateful Peter Jenni for fruitful discussion.
Hadron Energy Reconstruction for the ATLAS Barrel Prototype Combined Calorimeter in the Framework of the Non-parametrical Method
Egami for fruitful discussions of the results.
Random field based model of mixed ferroelectrics phase diagram
We therefore expect that the interplay between CFT and geometric methods in string theory will continue to be fruitful.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Morita for fruitful discussions. S.R. is grateful to T.
Numerical Replica Limit for the Density Correlation of the Random Dirac Fermion