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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fruit  \Fruit\,  n.  [OE.  fruit,  frut,  F.  fruit,  from  L.  fructus 
  enjoyment,  product,  fruit,  from  frui,  p.  p.  fructus  to 
  enjoy;  akin  to  E.  brook,  v.  t.  See  {Brook},  v.  t.,  and  cf 
  {Fructify},  {Frugal}.] 
  1.  Whatever  is  produced  for  the  nourishment  or  enjoyment  of 
  man  or  animals  by  the  processes  of  vegetable  growth,  as 
  corn,  grass,  cotton,  flax,  etc.;  --  commonly  used  in  the 
  plural. 
 
  Six  years  thou  shalt  sow  thy  land,  and  shalt  gather 
  in  the  fruits  thereof.  --Ex.  xxiii. 
  10. 
 
  2.  (Hort.)  The  pulpy,  edible  seed  vessels  of  certain  plants, 
  especially  those  grown  on  branches  above  ground,  as 
  apples,  oranges,  grapes,  melons,  berries,  etc  See  3. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  The  ripened  ovary  of  a  flowering  plant,  with  its 
  contents  and  whatever  parts  are  consolidated  with  it 
 
  Note:  Fruits  are  classified  as  fleshy,  drupaceous,  and  -dry. 
  Fleshy  fruits  include  berries,  gourds,  and  melons, 
  orangelike  fruita  and  pomes;  drupaceous  fruits  are 
  stony  within  and  fleshy  without  as  peaches,  plums,  and 
  chercies;and  dry  fruits  are  further  divided  into 
  achenes,  follicles,  legumes,  capsules,  nuts,  and 
  several  other  kinds. 
 
  4.  (Bot.)  The  spore  cases  or  conceptacles  of  flowerless 
  plants,  as  of  ferns,  mosses,  algae,  etc.,  with  the  spores 
  contained  in  them 
 
  6.  The  produce  of  animals;  offspring;  young;  as  the  fruit  of 
  the  womb,  of  the  loins,  of  the  body. 
 
  King  Edward's  fruit,  true  heir  to  the  English  crown. 
  --Shak. 
 
  6.  That  which  is  produced;  the  effect  or  consequence  of  any 
  action  advantageous  or  desirable  product  or  result; 
  disadvantageous  or  evil  consequence  or  effect;  as  the 
  fruits  of  labor,  of  self-denial,  of  intemperance. 
 
  The  fruit  of  rashness.  --Shak. 
 
  What  I  obtained  was  the  fruit  of  no  bargain. 
  --Burke. 
 
  They  shall  eat  the  fruit  of  their  doings.  --Is.  iii 
  10. 
 
  The  fruits  of  this  education  became  visible. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Note:  Fruit  is  frequently  used  adjectively,  signifying  of 
  for  or  pertaining  to  a  fruit  or  fruits;  as  fruit  bud; 
  fruit  frame;  fruit  jar;  fruit  knife;  fruit  loft;  fruit 
  show  fruit  stall;  fruit  tree;  etc 
 
  {Fruit  bat}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  the  Frugivora;  --  called  also 
  {fruit-eating  bat}. 
 
  {Fruit  bud}  (Bot.),  a  bud  that  produces  fruit;  --  in  most 
  oplants  the  same  as  the  power  bud. 
 
  {Fruit  dot}  (Bot.),  a  collection  of  fruit  cases,  as  in  ferns. 
  See  {Sorus}. 
 
  {Fruit  fly}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  dipterous  insect  of  the  genus 
  {Drosophila},  which  lives  in  fruit,  in  the  larval  state. 
 
 
  {Fruit  jar},  a  jar  for  holding  preserved  fruit,  usually  made 
  of  glass  or  earthenware. 
 
  {Fruit  pigeon}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  numerous  species  of  pigeons 
  of  the  family  {Carpophagid[ae]},  inhabiting  India, 
  Australia,  and  the  Pacific  Islands.  They  feed  largely  upon 
  fruit.  and  are  noted  for  their  beautiful  colors. 
 
  {Fruit  sugar}  (Chem.),  a  kind  of  sugar  occurring,  naturally 
  formed,  in  many  ripe  fruits,  and  in  honey;  levulose.  The 
  name  is  also  though  rarely,  applied  to  {invert  sugar},  or 
  to  the  natural  mixture  or  dextrose  and  levulose  resembling 
  it  and  found  in  fruits  and  honey. 
 
  {Fruit  tree}  (Hort.),  a  tree  cultivated  for  its  edible  fruit. 
 
 
  {Fruit  worm}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  numerous  species  of  insect 
  larv[ae]:  which  live  in  the  interior  of  fruit.  They  are 
  mostly  small  species  of  Lepidoptera  and  Diptera. 
 
  {Small  fruits}  (Hort.),  currants,  raspberries,  strawberries, 
  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fruit  \Fruit\,  v.  i. 
  To  bear  fruit.  --Chesterfield. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fruit 
  n  1:  the  ripened  reproductive  body  of  a  seed  plant 
  2:  the  consequence  of  some  effort  or  action  "he  lived  long 
  enough  to  see  the  fruit  of  his  policies" 
  3:  an  amount  of  a  product  [syn:  {yield}] 
  v  1:  cause  to  bear  fruit 
  2:  bear  fruit,  as  of  trees  and  plants 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Fruit 
  a  word  as  used  in  Scripture  denoting  produce  in  general,  whether 
  vegetable  or  animal.  The  Hebrews  divided  the  fruits  of  the  land 
  into  three  classes:, 
 
  (1.)  The  fruit  of  the  field,  "corn-fruit"  (Heb.  dagan);  all 
  kinds  of  grain  and  pulse. 
 
  (2.)  The  fruit  of  the  vine,  "vintage-fruit"  (Heb.  tirosh); 
  grapes,  whether  moist  or  dried. 
 
  (3.)  "Orchard-fruits"  (Heb.  yitshar),  as  dates,  figs,  citrons, 
  etc 
 
  Injunctions  concerning  offerings  and  tithes  were  expressed  by 
  these  Hebrew  terms  alone  (Num.  18:12;  Deut.  14:23).  This  word 
  fruit"  is  also  used  of  children  or  offspring  (Gen.  30:2;  Deut. 
  7:13;  Luke  1:42;  Ps  21:10;  132:11);  also  of  the  progeny  of 
  beasts  (Deut.  28:51;  Isa.  14:29). 
 
  It  is  used  metaphorically  in  a  variety  of  forms  (Ps.  104:13; 
  Prov.  1:31;  11:30;  31:16;  Isa.  3:10;  10:12;  Matt.  3:8;  21:41; 
  26:29;  Heb.  13:15;  Rom.  7:4,  5;  15:28). 
 
  The  fruits  of  the  Spirit  (Gal.  5:22,  23;  Eph.  5:9;  James  3:17, 
  18)  are  those  gracious  dispositions  and  habits  which  the  Spirit 
  produces  in  those  in  whom  he  dwells  and  works 
 




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