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(1125–75) Middle English fruit, fruits and vegetables, from Old French fruit, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fructus, enjoyment, proceeds, profits, produce, income, a derivative of [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] frui, to have the benefit of, to use, to enjoy, from Proto-Indo-European *bhrug- (“‘to make use of, to have enjoyment of’”); cognate with Modern German brauchen, to use.
- (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 fruit, one would not usually use it to make jam.
- Any sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles seed-bearing 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 is a simple way of making fruits into a dessert.
- A positive end result or reward of labour or effort.
- His long nights in the office eventually bore fruit, when his business boomed and he was given a raise.
- Offspring from a sexual union.
- The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier.
- (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A homosexual or effeminate man.
- In the botanical and figurative senses, fruit is a singular noun and also used as a collective noun.
- a bowl of fruit; eat plenty of fruit; the tree provides fruit.
- Fruits is also sometimes used as the plural in the botanical sense.
- berries, achenes, and nuts are all fruits; the fruits of this plant split into two parts.
- When fruit is used as a collective noun in the botanical sense, a piece of fruit is often used as the corresponding singular form.
- In senses other than the botanical or figurative ones derived from the botanical sense, the plural is fruits.
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Third person singular
- To produce fruit.
fruit n. (invariable)
- (botany) fruit (produced by trees or bushes, or any sweet vegetable)
fruit m. (plural fruits)
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