any fruit with a soft
, fleshy part (mesocarp
) covered by a skinlike outer layer (exocarp
, or epicarp
) and surrounding
) that contains the seed, as an apricot
, cherry, plum, etc.
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Word origin of 'drupe'ModL drupa < L drupa (oliva), overripe (olive) < Gr druppa (elaa) olive, orig., (olive) ripened on tree, contr. < drupepēs