Definition of false fruit in English:

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false fruit


A fruit formed from other parts of the plant as well as the ovary, especially the receptacle, as occurs in the strawberry or fig. Also called pseudocarp.
Example sentences
  • The strawberry fruit crop is of great economic importance worldwide and its edible part is a false fruit originating mainly from the expansion of the flower base or pseudocarp where the real fruits are attached.
  • The Yews' juicy, red items are false fruits because they don't develop from ovaries.
  • A real fruit would develop out of the plant ovary. For this reason, biologists refer to apples as false fruits, also called accessory fruits.

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