Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Ripening early.
  • noun A fruit or vegetable that ripens early.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Early ripe; ripe before others, or before the usual season: as, rareripe peaches.
  • noun An early fruit, particularly a kind of peach which ripens early.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Early ripe; ripe before others, or before the usual season.
  • noun An early ripening fruit, especially a kind of freestone peach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An onion, peach, etc. that ripens early.

Etymologies

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

[Dialectal rare, early (variant of rathe) + ripe.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

rare +‎ ripe

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