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ripe

(of fruit, grain, etc.) mature and ready to be eaten or used; fully developed

ripe

[rīp]
(botany)
Of fruit, fully developed, having mature seed and so usable as food.
(forestry)
Of timber or a forest, ready to be cut.
(geology)
Referring to peat, in an advanced state of decay.
(hydrology)
Descriptive of snow that is in a condition to discharge meltwater; ripe snow usually has a coarse crystalline structure, a snow density near 0.5, and a temperature near 32°F (0°C).

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References in classic literature ?
When she becomes fully ripe I must abandon the sovereignty of the Mangaboos to her."
"Oh, I'm sure it was ripe," declared Dorothy, "all, that is, 'cept the pickle, and a pickle just HAS to be green, Billina.
She bent in her saddle, plucked a stalk of the ripe grain, and nibbled it between her teeth.
The brood had almost grown to their full strength and attained the use of their wings and the full plumage of their feathers, when the owner of the field, looking over his ripe crop, said, "The time has come when I must ask all my neighbors to help me with my harvest." One of the young Larks heard his speech and related it to his mother, inquiring of her to what place they should move for safety.
When it was quite ripe the fruit would become a golden yellow.
Hence I was led to dry stems and branches of 94 plants with ripe fruit, and to place them on sea water.