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n. pl. fruit or fruits
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.]
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Adj.1.fruiting - capable of bearing fruit
mature - having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell"
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The crop is hardy and can survive in any type of climatic condition that is favourable for flowering and fruiting.
Flowering, pollination, fruiting, alternate bearing and abscission of olive tree.University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Berkeley, California Publication.3353: 51-56 (1994).
This kind of trend has also been shown in the mango orchards during the fruiting season (Mwatawala et al., 2006).