Definition of fruitlet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞otlət/


1An immature or small fruit.
Example sentences
  • Apple scab over-winters on fallen leaves, codling moth caterpillars live in fallen apples and pear midge grubs live in fallen fruitlets.
  • She said their early apricot varieties were already forming fruitlets and the bees were ‘flat out’ on the later-blossoming varieties.
  • Sawflies infest fruitlets and cause these to drop prematurely after which the pests pupate in the topsoil.
1.1 Botany another term for drupelet.
Example sentences
  • Pedicel CSA in fruitlets destined to abscind declined once symptoms of pending abscission became apparent.
  • Recently, it has been shown that young Citrus fruitlets are able to synthesize ethylene in a manner that resembles the system II pathway of the climacteric fruits.
  • Although a higher proportion of fruitlets were thinned from the low-vigour vines after anthesis (data not shown), these vines still carried higher crop loads relative to total leaf area.

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Syllabification: fruit·let

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