Definition of pome in English:


Pronunciation /pōm/ /poʊm/


  • A fruit consisting of a fleshy enlarged receptacle and a tough central core containing the seeds, e.g., an apple or pear.

    ‘In July 2002, we counted stems of each species in 40, 4 m × 4 m plots (20 plots in each area of the fen), and recorded the number of pomes on each fruiting stem.’
    • ‘In our study, red chokeberry produced more pomes per fruiting stem than black chokeberry did, as well as more fruit across the entire fen.’
    • ‘Its yellow/orange/apricot-coloured fruit (a pome, i.e. a fruit of the same type as the related apple or pear) is oval or pear shaped and up to 8 cm long, with large, hard seeds.’
    • ‘Also changed are uses in other crops: apples, nectarines, peaches, pears, and other pome fruit.’
    • ‘In Pacific Northwest fruit growing regions, common mullein often is abundant on the perimeter of pome and stonefruit orchards.’


Late Middle English from Old French, based on Latin poma, plural of pomum ‘apple’.