One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the small individual drupes forming a fleshy aggregate fruit such as a blackberry or raspberry.
- ‘I knew, of course, that in technical botanical language, the blackberry is not a berry at all, but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets.’
- ‘Each pistil is able to produce a seed and a drupelet.’
- ‘The crumbly berry is caused by the failure of some of the tiny drupelets, which make up the fruit, to develop.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin drupella, diminutive of drupa ‘overripe olive’ (see drupe).
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