Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.


1. A small fruit.
2. Botany A single member of a multiple fruit.


(Botany) a small fruit, esp one that is part of an aggregate fruit


(ˈfrut lɪt)

a small fruit, esp. one of those forming an aggregate fruit.
multiple fruit, fruitlet - The pineapple is termed a multiple fruit because it forms from the individual ovaries of several flowers; each raised button on its surface is called a fruitlet.
See also related terms for pineapple.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fruitlet - a diminutive fruit, especially one that is part of a multiple fruit
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
References in periodicals archive ?
Each fruitlet can be identified by an "eye," the rough spiny marking on the pineapple's surface.
Plum curculio larvae get their start in a crescentlike scar the female weevil makes to prevent the growing fruitlet from crashing her egg; European apple sawfly larvae first scratch the surface of a pea-sized fruitlet, and then go on to eat the steeds in another three or four fruitlets.
Fruitlet age and inflorescence characteristics affect the thinning and the increase in fruitlet growth rate induced by auxin applications in citrus.
For total cover, this should be done six times a year: firstly, at bud burst, then, green cluster, and pink bud, but NOT at blossom time, then after most petals have fallen, and twice during fruitlet formation in mid-June and early July.
While the adults are pretty harmless, they lay their eggs in the tiny fruitlets when the trees are still in bloom.
Pick off affected fruitlets as soon as you see them and don't leave fallen fruits on the ground, which will let larvae escape, burrowing into the grass and completing their life cycle.
Pick off affeag e c PI k ff ffected fruitlets as soon as you see them and don't leave fallen fruits on the ground, which will result in the larvae escaping, burrowing into the grass and ompleting their life cycle.