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What makes a vegetable different from a fruit?

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Fruit comes from Latin, fructus/enjoyment. Vegetable comes from Latin, vegetare/enliven. Middle English also makes a distinction. fructus is like sugar/sweet. vegetables give life. Its hard to explain meanings that change over time and distance. To me: fruits are sweet and vegetables are not. Both are from plants and grow on different types of plant structures and are different parts of the plant. There always seem to be too many exceptions to the botanical rules we make to distinguish them. We need more classifications to be more accurate in our communications.

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A vegetable is part of the plant, usually its leaves or its roots, while a fruit is the seed-bearing part of the plant or tree.

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Generally fruits have seeds and vegetables don't.

Here is a dictionary definition of a vegetable:
The edible part of a plant, such as the root of the beet, the leaf of spinach, or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower.

And a dictionary definition of a fruit:
The ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant, together with accessory parts, containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms.

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To generalize without getting too technical,fruit grows on trees and it's relatives,vegetables grow in the ground.

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Fruits grow on trees, and vegetables grow on vines or under the ground. Except for tomatoes.

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Fruits have seeds and grow on trees. Vegetables don't have seeds and grow underground

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