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adj. rip·er, rip·est
1. Fully developed; mature: ripe peaches.
2. Sufficiently advanced in preparation or aging to be used or eaten: ripe cheese.
3. Thoroughly matured, as by study or experience; seasoned: ripe judgment.
4. Advanced in years: the ripe age of 90.
5. Fully prepared to do or undergo something; ready: "By 1965 the republic was ripe for a coup" (Alex Shoumatoff).
6. Sufficiently advanced; opportune: The time is ripe for great societal changes.
7. Sensuous and full: ripe lips.
8. Coarse or indecent; vulgar: the comic's ripe language.
9. Emitting a foul odor: "the dirt and stench ... the mountains of ripe bushmeat in every camp" (Bryan Mealer).

[Middle English, from Old English rīpe.]

ripe′ly adv.
ripe′ness n.
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Adv.1.ripely - with mature or developed appearance
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Carlisle, in all its ripely tinted length and breadth, lay below us, basking in the August sunshine, that spilled over the brim of the valley to the far-off Markdale Harbour, cupped in its harvest- golden hills.
A dizzying combination of scents from the kitchen is ripely detailed.
Michael Seal's vigorous conducting elicited a ripely rumbustious performance from the orchestra.
The olive oils are available in three varieties: Selezione Extra Virgin, described as "greenly fruity and well balanced;" Extra Virgin, "ripely fruity;" and 100% Pure olive oil, billed as "mild taste." All are packaged in 17-ounce glass bottles.
THERE aren't many of us who've not cursed fluently and ripely when greeted by voicemail instead of the mortal we sought.
The dilemma of this nonstandard body creating exquisite art is expressed in his words: "she was tall, big-boned tall, and on the great frame was built a rich, ripely female body....
Looking more like a dark Leonardo DiCaprio than the pic's kid star Christian Bale, Jeremy Jordan shines as the brave, brooding Jack Kelly who organizes an unruly crew of newsboys in 1899 to oppose a scheme by publishing mogul Joseph Pulitzer (a ripely villainous John Dossett) to cut into their meager earnings.
Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (pounds 8.49) from Waitrose, Majestic or the Co-op has an invitingly grassy, passion fruit and green pepper smell and a crisp, zesty, yet ripely fruity, almost peachy taste.
Popolino Rosso 2009 (M&S, pounds 4.99) is a great-value Italian red - ripely fruity with flavours of red berries and cherry.
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