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n., pl. fruits, (esp. collectively) fruit,
fruit, vegetable - Fruit is the name given to those plants that have an ovary used for food; vegetable is the name given to a large category of herbaceous plants with parts used for food.
Fruit is usually an uncountable noun. Oranges, bananas, grapes, and apples are all fruit.
You can refer to an individual orange, banana, etc as a fruit.
However, this use is not common. You usually refer to an individual orange, banana, etc as a piece of fruit.
Don't use a plural form of fruit to refer to several oranges, bananas, etc. Instead you use fruit as an uncountable noun. For example, you say 'I'm going to the market to buy some fruit'. Don't say 'I'm going to the market to buy some fruits'.
Past participle: fruited
|Noun||1.||fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant|
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
juniper berry - berrylike fruit of a plant of the genus Juniperus especially the berrylike cone of the common juniper
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
May apple - edible but insipid fruit of the May apple plant
achene - small dry indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall
gourd - any of numerous inedible fruits with hard rinds
prairie gourd - small hard green-and-white inedible fruit of the prairie gourd plant
acorn - fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base
olive - small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
wild cherry - the fruit of the wild cherry tree
marasca - small bitter fruit of the marasca cherry tree from whose juice maraschino liqueur is made
hagberry - small cherry much liked by birds
chokecherry - the fruit of the chokecherry tree
rowanberry - decorative red berrylike fruit of a rowan tree
fruitlet - a diminutive fruit, especially one that is part of a multiple fruit
seed - a small hard fruit
berry - a small fruit having any of various structures, e.g., simple (grape or blueberry) or aggregate (blackberry or raspberry)
aggregate fruit, multiple fruit, syncarp - fruit consisting of many individual small fruits or drupes derived from separate ovaries within a common receptacle: e.g. blackberry; raspberry; pineapple
drupe, stone fruit - fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube
false fruit, pome - a fleshy fruit (apple or pear or related fruits) having seed chambers and an outer fleshy part
pyxidium, pyxis - fruit of such plants as the plantain; a capsule whose upper part falls off when the seeds are released
accessory fruit, pseudocarp - fruit containing much fleshy tissue besides that of the ripened ovary; as apple or strawberry
cubeb - spicy fruit of the cubeb vine; when dried and crushed is used medicinally or in perfumery and sometimes smoked in cigarettes
schizocarp - a dry dehiscent fruit that at maturity splits into two or more parts each with a single seed
|2.||fruit - an amount of a product|
|3.||fruit - the consequence of some effort or action; "he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies"|
|Verb||1.||fruit - cause to bear fruit|
|2.||fruit - bear fruit; "the trees fruited early this year"|
"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit" Bible: St. Matthew
"He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree"
Fruitsananas, anchovy pear, apple, apricot, avocado, avocado pear, or (U.S.) alligator pear, babaco, banana, Bartlett pear, beach plum, bergamot pear, berry, Beurre Hardy pear, bigarreau cherry, bilberry, blaeberry, huckleberry, whortleberry, or (Irish) fraughan, blackberry or (Scot.) bramble, black cherry, blackcurrant, blackheart cherry, blood orange, blueberry, Bon Chretien pear, boxberry, boysenberry, breadfruit, calamondin, cantaloup or cantaloupe melon, carambola or star fruit, casaba or cassaba melon, Charentais melon, chayote, chempaduk, cherry, chokecherry, choko, citron, clementine, cloudberry or (Canad.) bakeapple, Concord grape, Conference pear, cranberry, custard apple, damson, date, dewberry, durian or durion, elderberry, fig, Galia melon, gooseberry or (informal) goosegog, grape, grapefruit, greengage, guava, hackberry, heart cherry, honeydew melon, jackfruit or jack, Jaffa orange, kiwano (trademark), Kiwi fruit or Chinese gooseberry, kumquat or cumquat, lemon, lime, lychee, litchi, lichee, or lichi, loganberry, longan, loquat or Japan plum, mandarin, mango, mangosteen, May apple, medlar, melon, minneola, morello cherry, mulberry, muskmelon, nashi or Asian pear, navel orange, nectarine, Ogen melon, olive, orange, ortanique, papaw or pawpaw, papaya, passion fruit or granadilla, peach, pear, pepper, physalis, Cape gooseberry, or strawberry tomato, pineapple, plantain, plum, pomegranate, pomelo or shaddock, prickly pear, prune, pumpkin, Queensland blue, quince, raisin, rambutan, raspberry, redcurrant, rockmelon, salmonberry, sapota, sapodilla, sapodilla plum, or naseberry, saskatoon, satsuma, Seville orange, serviceberry, sharon fruit or persimmon, sloe, snowberry, sour cherry, sour gourd, soursop, star-apple, strawberry, sultana, sweet cherry, sweetie, sweetsop, tamarillo or tree tomato, tamarind, tangelo, tangerine or (S. African) naartje, tayberry, tomato or (archaic) love apple, UGLI (trademark), victoria or victoria plum, watermelon, white currant, Williams pear, winter melon, youngberry
would you like some fruit? → ¿quieres fruta?
to be in fruit [tree, bush] → haber dado or echado fruto, tener fruta
the fruits of the sea → los productos del mar
to bear fruit (lit, fig) → dar fruto
to enjoy the fruits of one's success → disfrutar de los frutos del éxito
fruit cocktail N → macedonia f de frutas
fruit cup N → sangría f
fruit dish N → frutero m
fruit drop N → bombón m de fruta
fruit farm N → granja f frutícola or hortofrutícola
fruit farmer N → fruticultor(a) m/f, granjero/a m/f frutícola or hortofrutícola
fruit farming N → fruticultura f
fruit fly N → mosca f de la fruta
fruit grower N → fruticultor(a) m/f, granjero/a m/f frutícola or hortofrutícola
fruit growing N → fruticultura f
fruit gum N (Brit) → gominola f
fruit juice N → zumo m or jugo m de frutas
fruit knife N → cuchillo m de la fruta
fruit machine N (Brit) → máquina f tragaperras
fruit salad N → macedonia f de frutas
fruit salts NPL → sal f de fruta(s)
fruit tree N → árbol m frutal
The plural fruits is used in talking about different types of fruit: oranges, mangoes and other fruits .