Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sun Feb 7 18:42:23 UTC 2010

Bill Palmer wrote:
> (I had to look up "drupe"...a class of fruit having a peeling, succulent
> center, and a pit or seed, such as an apple).

Hm. My understanding (buttressed by the Britannica) is that a drupe only has
one (or, occasionally, two or three) seeds; a peach is a drupe, but an apple is
not. Apples are pomes. (Pomes have a papery sheath at the core, typically
enclosing about five seeds.)

Jim Parish

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