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FRUIT, n. L. fructus. The Latin word is the participle of fruor, contracted from frugor, or frucor, to use, to take the profit of.
1. In a general sense, whatever the earth produces for the nourishment of animals, or for clothing or profit. Among the fruits of the earth are included not only corn of all kinds, but grass, cotton, flax, grapes and all cultivated plants. In this comprehensive sense, the word is generally used in the plural.
2. In a more limited sense, the produce of a tree or other plant; the last production for the propagation or multiplication of its kind; the seed of plants, or the part that contains the seeds; as wheat, rye, oats, apples, quinces, pears, cherries, acorns, melons, &c.
3. In botany, the seed of a plant, or the seed with the pericarp.
4. Production; that which is produced.
The fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth. Eph. 5.
5. The produce of animals; offspring; young; as the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body.
6. Effect or consequence.
They shall eat the fruit of their doings. Is. 3.
7. Advantage; profit; good derived.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? Rom 6.
8. Production, effect or consequence; in an ill sense; as the fruits of sin; the fruits of intemperance.
FRUIT, v.i. To produce fruit. Not well authorized.
1. Very productive; producing fruit in abundance; as fruitful soil; a fruitful tree; a fruitful season.
2. Prolific; bearing children; not barren.
Be fruitful, and multiply - Gen. 1.
3. Plenteous; abounding in any thing.
4. Productive of any thing; fertile; as fruitful in expedients.
5. Producing in abundance; generating; as fruitful in crimes.
1. The quality of producing fruit in abundance; productiveness; fertility; as the fruitfulness of land.
2. Fecundity; the quality of being prolific, or producing many young; applied to animals.
3. Productiveness of the intellect; as the fruitfulness of the brain.
4. Exuberant abundance.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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