One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fruit formed from other parts of the plant as well as the ovary, especially the receptacle, such as the strawberry or fig.Also called pseudocarp
- ‘The strawberry fruit crop is of great economic importance worldwide and its edible part is a false fruit originating mainly from the expansion of the flower base or pseudocarp where the real fruits are attached.’
- ‘The Yews' juicy, red items are false fruits because they don't develop from ovaries.’
- ‘A real fruit would develop out of the plant ovary. For this reason, biologists refer to apples as false fruits, also called accessory fruits.’
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