One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The process of fructifying.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lamouroux described the fructification as capsules joined to form rather large blackish spots scattered over both surfaces of the frond.’
- 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.’
- ‘Bass suggested that the fossils might represent fructifications of angiosperms or gymnosperms, or perhaps both, but said formal identifications had not been made.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Depending on the species, these fructifications can be in the form of sporangia, aethalia or plasmodiocarps.’
Late 15th century: from late Latin fructificatio(n-), from Latin fructificare ‘fructify’, from fructus ‘fruit’.
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