Pronunciation: (frOOt), [key]
—n., pl. fruits, (esp. collectively) fruit,
1. any product of plant growth useful to humans or animals.
2. the developed ovary of a seed plant with its contents and accessory parts, as the pea pod, nut, tomato, or pineapple.
3. the edible part of a plant developed from a flower, with any accessory tissues, as the peach, mulberry, or banana.
4. the spores and accessory organs of ferns, mosses, fungi, algae, or lichen.
5. anything produced or accruing; product, result, or effect; return or profit: the fruits of one's labors.
6. Slang (disparaging and offensive). a male homosexual.
to bear or cause to bear fruit: a tree that fruits in late summer; careful pruning that sometimes fruits a tree.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.