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A fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone containing the seed, e.g. a plum, cherry, almond, or olive.
- ‘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.’
- ‘This appears to have given rise to both single-seeded drupes and multi-seeded pyrenes early in evolution, and to berries later in evolution.’
- ‘That this tropical drupe can somehow be made to taste like smoky bacon without the greasy mess (and more ethical considerations of course) is uncanny.’
2A small marine mollusc with a thick knobbly shell, found mainly in the Indo-Pacific.
Mid 18th century: from Latin drupa overripe olive, from Greek druppa olive.
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