Definition of drupelet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdro͞oplət/ /ˈdruplət/


  • Any of the small individual drupes forming a fleshy aggregate fruit such as a blackberry or raspberry.

    ‘I knew, of course, that in technical botanical language, the blackberry is not a berry at all, but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets.’
    • ‘The crumbly berry is caused by the failure of some of the tiny drupelets, which make up the fruit, to develop.’
    • ‘Each pistil is able to produce a seed and a drupelet.’


Mid 19th century from modern Latin drupella, diminutive of drupa ‘overripe olive’ (see drupe).