Flower vs. Fruit - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Flower and Fruit is that the Flower is a structure found in some plants (division Magnoliophyta / angiosperms) to support reproduction and Fruit is a part of a flowering plant.

Wikipedia

  • Flower

    A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The biological function of a flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. Flowers may facilitate outcrossing (fusion of sperm and eggs from different individuals in a population) or allow selfing (fusion of sperm and egg from the same flower). Some flowers produce diaspores without fertilization (parthenocarpy). Flowers contain sporangia and are the site where gametophytes develop. Many flowers have evolved to be attractive to animals, so as to cause them to be vectors for the transfer of pollen. After fertilization, the ovary of the flower develops into fruit containing seeds. In addition to facilitating the reproduction of flowering plants, flowers have long been admired and used by humans to bring beauty to their environment, and also as objects of romance, ritual, religion, medicine and as a source of food.

  • Fruit

    In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants (also known as angiosperms) formed from the ovary after flowering. Fruits are the means by which angiosperms disseminate seeds. Edible fruits, in particular, have propagated with the movements of humans and animals in a symbiotic relationship as a means for seed dispersal and nutrition; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food. Accordingly, fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world's agricultural output, and some (such as the apple and the pomegranate) have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings. In common language usage, "fruit" normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are sweet or sour, and edible in the raw state, such as apples, bananas, grapes, lemons, oranges, and strawberries. On the other hand, in botanical usage, "fruit" includes many structures that are not commonly called "fruits", such as bean pods, corn kernels, tomatoes, and wheat grains. The section of a fungus that produces spores is also called a fruiting body.

Wiktionary

  • Flower (noun)

    A colorful, conspicuous structure associated with angiosperms, frequently scented and attracting various insects, and which may or may not be used for sexual reproduction.

  • Flower (noun)

    A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), often conspicuously colourful and typically including sepals, petals, and either or both stamens and/or a pistil.

  • Flower (noun)

    A plant that bears flowers, especially a plant that is small and lacks wood.

    "We transplanted the flowers to a larger pot."

  • Flower (noun)

    Of plants, a state of bearing blooms.

    "The dogwoods are in flower this week."

  • Flower (noun)

    The vulva, especially the labia majora.

  • Flower (noun)

    The best examples or representatives of a group.

    "We selected the flower of the applicants."

  • Flower (noun)

    The best state of things; the prime.

    "She was in the flower of her life."

  • Flower (noun)

    Flour.

  • Flower (noun)

    A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation.

    "the flowers of sulphur"

  • Flower (noun)

    A figure of speech; an ornament of style.

  • Flower (noun)

    Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.

  • Flower (noun)

    Menstrual discharges.

  • Flower (noun)

    Something that flows, such as a river.

  • Flower (verb)

    To put forth blooms.

    "This plant flowers in June."

  • Flower (verb)

    To decorate with pictures of flowers.

  • Flower (verb)

    To reach a state of full development or achievement.

  • Flower (verb)

    To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer.

  • Flower (verb)

    To come off as flowers by sublimation.

  • Fruit (noun)

    The seed-bearing part of a plant, often edible, colourful/colorful and fragrant, produced from a floral ovary after fertilization.

    "While cucumber is technically a fruit, one would not usually use it to make jam."

  • Fruit (noun)

    Any sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles seed-bearing fruit, even if it does not develop from a floral ovary; also used in a technically imprecise sense for some sweet or sweetish vegetables, such as rhubarb, that resemble a true fruit or are used in cookery as if they were a fruit.

    "Fruit salad is a simple way of making fruits into a dessert."

  • Fruit (noun)

    An end result, effect, or consequence; advantageous or disadvantageous result.

    "His long nights in the office eventually bore fruit when his business boomed and he was given a raise."

  • Fruit (noun)

    Offspring from a sexual union.

    "Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."

    "The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier."

  • Fruit (noun)

    A homosexual or effeminate man.

  • Fruit (noun)

    }} Of, pertaining to, or having fruit; of living things producing or consuming fruit.

  • Fruit (verb)

    To produce fruit, seeds, or spores.

Webster Dictionary

  • Flower (noun)

    In the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and texture from the foliage.

  • Flower (noun)

    That part of a plant destined to produce seed, and hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia. See Blossom, and Corolla.

  • Flower (noun)

    The fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything; as, the flower of an army, or of a family; the state or time of freshness and bloom; as, the flower of life, that is, youth.

  • Flower (noun)

    Grain pulverized; meal; flour.

  • Flower (noun)

    A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation; as, the flowers of sulphur.

  • Flower (noun)

    A figure of speech; an ornament of style.

  • Flower (noun)

    Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.

  • Flower (noun)

    Menstrual discharges.

  • Flower (verb)

    To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers; as, this plant flowers in June.

  • Flower (verb)

    To come into the finest or fairest condition.

  • Flower (verb)

    To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer.

  • Flower (verb)

    To come off as flowers by sublimation.

  • Flower

    To embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers; as, flowered silk.

  • Fruit (noun)

    Whatever is produced for the nourishment or enjoyment of man or animals by the processes of vegetable growth, as corn, grass, cotton, flax, etc.; - commonly used in the plural.

  • Fruit (noun)

    The pulpy, edible seed vessels of certain plants, especially those grown on branches above ground, as apples, oranges, grapes, melons, berries, etc. See 3.

  • Fruit (noun)

    The ripened ovary of a flowering plant, with its contents and whatever parts are consolidated with it.

  • Fruit (noun)

    The spore cases or conceptacles of flowerless plants, as of ferns, mosses, algae, etc., with the spores contained in them.

  • Fruit (noun)

    The produce of animals; offspring; young; as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body.

  • Fruit (noun)

    That which is produced; the effect or consequence of any action; advantageous or desirable product or result; disadvantageous or evil consequence or effect; as, the fruits of labor, of self-denial, of intemperance.

  • Fruit (verb)

    To bear fruit.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Flower (noun)

    a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms

  • Flower (noun)

    reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts

  • Flower (noun)

    the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

  • Flower (verb)

    produce or yield flowers;

    "The cherry tree bloomed"

  • Fruit (noun)

    the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

  • Fruit (noun)

    the consequence of some effort or action;

    "he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies"

  • Fruit (noun)

    an amount of a product

  • Fruit (verb)

    cause to bear fruit

  • Fruit (verb)

    bear fruit;

    "the trees fruited early this year"

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