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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.]

free′stone′ adj.
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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
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freestone - fruit (especially peach) whose flesh does not adhere to the pit
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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References in classic literature ?
The gabled brick, tile, and freestone houses had almost dried off for the season their integument of lichen, the streams in the meadows were low, and in the sloping High Street, from the West Gateway to the mediaeval cross, and from the mediaeval cross to the bridge, that leisurely dusting and sweeping was in progress which usually ushers in an old-fashioned market-day.
And true it is that he did many of these things; but had he done nothing more I should have left him to have recorded his own merit on some fair freestone over the door of that hospital.
A flight of red freestone steps, fenced in by a balustrade of curiously wrought iron, ascends from the court-yard to the spacious porch, over which is a balcony, with an iron balustrade of similar pattern and workmanship to that beneath.