Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One whose diet includes fruits, seeds, and nuts but no vegetables, grains, or animal products.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A variant of vegetarian who intends to be limited to eating only such parts of plants whose consumption does not kill the plant (such as fruits, vegetables that can be compared to fruit, nuts and grain, but not for example tubers). The purest fruitarians do not want to destroy even the seeds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to fruits; consisting solely of fruits and nuts, as a diet.
  • n. One who holds the theory that fruits and nuts constitute the only proper food for man.

Etymologies

Blend of fruit and (veget)arian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
fruit +‎ -arian. First attested circa 1890. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Later, on the naming of Apple, Jobs told Isaacson he was "on one of my fruitarian diets."

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  • But it does claim to be dedicated to "vegetarian and vegan singles, raw food and fruitarian, Adventist, Buddhist and Hindu" love seekers.

    Bidisha's thought for the day: internet dating

  • Because it lacks a balanced variety of amino acids, the fruitarian diet is especially dangerous for children.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • A Japanese fruitarian has reported having such supersensitive hearing that he could make out the sound of ants crawling on the ground or conversations happening six miles away.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Some raw foodists I met at a raw food boutique in San Diego including a young man who was eating only raw cacao nibs and feeling “totally epic” snickered that they had recently busted their fruitarian colleague eating avocados.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • One fruitarian Kiawe and Jameson mentioned eats nothing but nonoily fruits and raw pollen.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • The writings of Buddhist disciples portray Siddhrtha Gautama as a fruitarian.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Most doctors warn that the fruitarian diet lacks the nutrients required for a balanced lifestyle.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • What all the fruitarian gurus have in common is their belief that subsisting on fruits leads to transcendental experiences.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Soon after I arrive, a lanky twentysomething fruitarian named Jameson pulls up on a scooter.

    The Fruit Hunters

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