Definition of drupelet in English:

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drupelet

Pronunciation: /ˈdro͞oplət/

noun

Botany
Any of the small individual drupes forming a fleshy aggregate fruit such as a blackberry or raspberry.
Example sentences
  • I knew, of course, that in technical botanical language, the blackberry is not a berry at all, but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets.
  • The crumbly berry is caused by the failure of some of the tiny drupelets, which make up the fruit, to develop.
  • Each pistil is able to produce a seed and a drupelet.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin drupella, diminutive of drupa 'overripe olive' (see drupe).

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Syllabification: drupe·let

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