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Definition of drupe in English:


1 Botany A fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone containing the seed, e.g. a plum, cherry, almond, or olive.
Example sentences
  • The fruit, a drupe with fleshy pulp and a high fat content, contains a glucoside which makes olives, especially unripe ones, very bitter.
  • Fruiting plants are immediately recognizable by the unique bright blue color of their drupes, but sterile shrubs are very nondescript and easily overlooked.
  • Hermit thrushes ate 14 pondberry fruits during six observation periods in 2000-2001, and 13 drupes during five observation periods in 2001-2002.
2A small marine mollusc with a thick knobbly shell, found mainly in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Genus Drupa, family Muricidae, class Gastropoda


Pronunciation: /druːˈpeɪʃəs/
sense 1.
Example sentences
  • Similarities of these drupaceous fruits have been noted by Carlquist.
  • A machine for the pitting of drupaceous fruits has an endless chain of articulated conveyor plates each provided with several vertical cylindrical bores whose flared mouths face upward.


Mid 18th century: from Latin drupa 'overripe olive', from Greek druppa 'olive'.

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