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A small drupe, such as one of the many subdivisions of a raspberry or blackberry.
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(ˈdruːplɪt) or


(Botany) a small drupe, usually one of a number forming a compound fruit
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(ˈdrup lɪt)

a little drupe, as one of the individual pericarps composing the blackberry.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drupelet - a small part of an aggregate fruit that resembles a drupe
blackberry - large sweet black or very dark purple edible aggregate fruit of any of various bushes of the genus Rubus
raspberry - red or black edible aggregate berries usually smaller than the related blackberries
acinus - one of the small drupes making up an aggregate or multiple fruit like a blackberry
drupe, stone fruit - fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube
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Technically the blackberry, despite what its name suggests, is not actually a berry but an aggregate fruit - formed of individual drupelets held together by fine hairs.
Paraffin sections of diseased fruits have shown that the fungal mycelium infects mulberry drupelets and then disintegrates into small black particles, which form the outer wall of newly forming sclerotia.
The fig is the oldest cultivated plant according to the fossil records of dried fruit (syconia) and seeds (drupelets) found in the ancient ruins in the Gilgal Village of the lower Jordan Valley dated back to 11,400 years before present (KISLEV et al., 2006).
Bramble berries have an interesting form; clusters of fleshy "drupelets," with each drupelet containing a seed.
As a result, normal drupelets formation and maturation are prevented, thereby destroying the mulberries as edible fruit (Siegler and Jenkins,
Despite its name, the blackberry is not a berry, but an aggregate fruit; just like raspberries and boysenberries, they're made up of lots of tiny seeds encased by fleshy fruit called drupelets. Classified as Rubus fruticosus, the blackberry family is complex, with many hybrids such as boysenberries and loganberries, and cultivars such as Apache Thornless.