Aggregate Fruit

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aggregate fruit

[′ag·rə·gət ′früt]
(botany)
A type of fruit composed of a number of small fruitlets all derived from the ovaries of a single flower.
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Aggregate Fruit

 

in plants, a single fruit formed by the concrescence of fruits that have developed from the flowers of an inflorescence. Aggregate fruits characterize the fig, sugar beet, pineapple, and mulberry. Some botanists consider true aggregate fruits to be only those aggregate fruits that fall from the maternal plant in their entirety, together with the proliferated axis (fig, sugar beet).

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