One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The process of fructifying.
- ‘Lamouroux described the fructification as capsules joined to form rather large blackish spots scattered over both surfaces of the frond.’
- ‘They focused their attention not only on the surface appearance of things but also on their interiors, particularly the organs of fructification and generation.’
- ‘Culminating on Saturday, the exhibition has all that goes into fructification of the dream of a middle-class family.’
- ‘He divides them into six genera, assigning to each genus its subordinate species, according to the different modes of fructification.’
- ‘The modern reader is surprised to learn the specifics of the devil's power to ‘prevent the erection of that member which is adapted to fructification… [and] prevent the flow of vital essence by closing… the seminary ducts.’
- 1.1Botany A spore-bearing or fruiting structure, especially in a fungus.
- ‘Plasmodiocarps are the most primitive type of fructification, while sporangia are the most advanced.’
- ‘Slime molds, in general, are decomposers that cover low-lying plants with plasmodium and fructification without ‘infecting ‘them, for example Diachea thomasii and Physarum cinerea.’
- ‘Bass suggested that the fossils might represent fructifications of angiosperms or gymnosperms, or perhaps both, but said formal identifications had not been made.’
- ‘Depending on the species, these fructifications can be in the form of sporangia, aethalia or plasmodiocarps.’
- ‘Stems, leaves and, fructifications may not look well preserved in the field, and as they occur in cemented rocks that do not break along bedding planes they can easily be missed.’
Late 15th century: from late Latin fructificatio(n-), from Latin fructificare ‘fructify’, from fructus ‘fruit’.
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