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fruit

 (fro͞ot)
n. pl. fruit or fruits
1.
a. The ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant, together with accessory parts, containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms.
b. An edible, usually sweet and fleshy form of such a structure.
c. A part or an amount of such a plant product, served as food: fruit for dessert.
2. The fertile, often spore-bearing structure of a plant that does not bear seeds.
3. A plant crop or product: the fruits of the earth.
4. Result; outcome: the fruit of their labor.
5. Offspring; progeny.
6. A fruity aroma or flavor in a wine.
7. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
intr. & tr.v. fruit·ed, fruit·ing, fruits
To produce or cause to produce fruit.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frūctus, enjoyment, fruit, from past participle of fruī, to enjoy.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fruiting - capable of bearing fruit
mature - having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell"
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To successfully collect seeds and grow seedlings you must locate fruiting females with several neighboring males.
If you wait until spring to plant, your plants may encounter a debilitating, traumatic heat wave before they have developed much, and their fruiting capacity will be irreparably damaged as a result.