fruit

fruit late 12c., from O.Fr. fruit "fruit, fruit eaten as dessert; harvest; virtuous action" (12c.), from L. fructus "an enjoyment, delight, satisfaction; proceeds, produce, fruit, crops," from frug-, stem of frui "to use, enjoy," from PIE *bhrug- "agricultural produce," also "to enjoy" (see BROOK (Cf. brook) (v.)). Classical sense preserved in fruits of one's labor. Originally in English meaning vegetables as well. Modern narrower sense is from early 13c. Meaning "odd person, eccentric" is from 1910; that of "male homosexual" is from 1935. The term also is noted in 1931 as tramp slang for "a girl or woman willing to oblige," probably from the fact of being "easy picking." Fruit salad recorded from 1861.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(of the earth for the supply of man and animals), , , / , , , , / , , / / (of certain plants and agreeable flavor)


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