Definition of false fruit in US English:

false fruit


  • A fruit formed from other parts of the plant as well as the ovary, especially the receptacle, as occurs in the strawberry or fig.

    Also called pseudocarp
    • ‘A real fruit would develop out of the plant ovary. For this reason, biologists refer to apples as false fruits, also called accessory fruits.’
    • ‘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.’