Definition of Stone fruit

1. Noun. Fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube.

Exact synonyms: Drupe
Specialized synonyms: Almond, Peach, Plum, Cherry, Elderberry, Chinese Date, Chinese Jujube, Jujube, Olive, Drupelet
Generic synonyms: Fruit
Derivative terms: Drupaceous, Drupelet

Definition of Stone fruit

1. Noun. Any fruit with a soft fleshy exterior surrounding a hard pit or stone containing the seed. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stone Fruit

stone breaker
stone cold
stone cold sober
stone colic
stone crab
stone cress
stone curlew
stone curlews
stone dead
stone deaf
stone drill
stone facing
stone fly
stone fox
stone frigate
stone fruit (current term)
stone fruits
stone life face
stone loach
stone marten
stone martens
stone me
stone mimicry plant
stone mulching
stone parsley
stone pine
stone pines
stone pit
stone plant
stone root

Literary usage of Stone fruit

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art. by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Wm Ripley Nichols, Charles R Cross (1867)
"Peas, apples, pears, and some stone fruit have been found. The lake colonists had therefore the same cereals as the Egyptians. They were also clothed in the ..."

2. Publications by English Dialect Society (1887)
"STONE-FRUIT, sb. Plums, peaches, cherries, &c. ... Stone-fruit, as above, and Lmv-fruit, gooseberries, currants, &c. STONE-REACH, sb. ..."

3. The Horticulturist, and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste by Luther Tucker (1861)
"The "fact that there is no stone fruit this year for this insect to lay its eggs in, and thus perpetuate its species, gives the cultivators hope that it may ..."

4. The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Methods of Cultivating and Philip Miller by Philip Miller (1735)
"... of Stone-Fruit and Grafts ; but Pears and Apples being much hardier, do not lutter to much, thought it is a great ..."

5. The Minnesota Horticulturist by Minnesota State Horticultural Society (1900)
"One of Mr. Burbank's latest and most valuable productions is an apricot-plum hybrid, which is a large smooth-skin, free-stone fruit of excellent quality. ..."

6. The Pantropheon, Or, History of Food, and Its Preparation, from the Earliest by Alexis Soyer (1853)
"stone fruit. OLIVE TREE. THROUGHOUT antiquity we find the olive tree acknowledged as something venerable and holy, and taking precedence of all other trees, ..."

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