Fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world’s agricultural output, and some have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings. 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.

Examples of culinary “vegetables” and nuts that are botanically fruit include corn, cucurbits (e.g., cucumber, pumpkin, and squash), eggplant, legumes, sweet pepper, and tomato.

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.

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Justin Seeley is a graphic designer, speaker, creative entrepreneur, and three-time MAX Master award winner. He has authored over 100 video courses on graphic design, illustration, and marketing for companies like Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning, CreativeLIVE, and Pluralsight. As one of the world’s premiere online educators Justin’s courses have been viewed by millions of people from all over the world and his work been featured by brands like Adobe and Microsoft. Justin is also the host of the Design Discussions podcast, a weekly show about design, entrepreneurship, and creativity; and in 2018 he founded Edupixel, an online learning platform for creative professionals. He currently lives in Nashville, TN running Seeley Media, a full-service design and marketing agency.

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    1. I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. Kentucky gone, we can not hold Missouri, nor, as I think, Maryland. These all against us, and the job on our hands is too large for us.

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