One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aggregate fruit.
- ‘Fruit to flower ratios were measured by counting all flowers and, later, all fruits on open-pollinated infructescences.’
- ‘Because of foliage and the three-dimensional arrangement of fruits on an infructescence, it was impossible to spray all fruits evenly.’
- ‘In contrast, in 2000, all of the trees had many inflorescences and infructescences.’
- ‘On 27 and 28 August 1994 we collected these infructescences, which then contained mature seeds.’
Late 19th century: from in- ‘in’ + Latin fructus ‘fruit’, on the pattern of inflorescence.
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