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1. A stone, such as limestone, that is soft enough to be cut easily without shattering or splitting.
2. A fruit, especially a peach, that has a stone that does not adhere to the flesh.
[Middle English freston, translation of Old French franche pere, high-grade stone : franche, high-grade, feminine of franc, noble, freeborn + pere, stone.]
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1. (Geological Science)
a. any fine-grained stone, esp sandstone or limestone, that can be cut and worked in any direction without breaking
b. (as modifier): a freestone house.
2. (Botany) botany
a. a fruit, such as a peach, in which the flesh separates readily from the stone
b. (as modifier): a freestone peach. Compare clingstone
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a peach or other fruit having a pit that does not cling to the pulp.
2. the pit itself.
3. a stone, as sandstone, that can be freely worked or quarried without splitting.
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