One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fruit consisting of a fleshy enlarged receptacle and a tough central core containing the seeds, e.g. an apple, pear, or quince.
- ‘Also changed are uses in other crops: apples, nectarines, peaches, pears, and other pome fruit.’
- ‘In our study, red chokeberry produced more pomes per fruiting stem than black chokeberry did, as well as more fruit across the entire fen.’
- ‘Its yellow/orange/apricot-coloured fruit (a pome, i.e. a fruit of the same type as the related apple or pear) is oval or pear shaped and up to 8 cm long, with large, hard seeds.’
- ‘In Pacific Northwest fruit growing regions, common mullein often is abundant on the perimeter of pome and stonefruit orchards.’
- ‘In July 2002, we counted stems of each species in 40, 4 m × 4 m plots (20 plots in each area of the fen), and recorded the number of pomes on each fruiting stem.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin poma, plural of pomum ‘apple’.
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