from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a fleshy multiple fruit composed of many flowers, seed-vessels, and receptacles consolidated, as in the pineapple, breadfruit, and mulberry.
  • noun A woman's club; specifically, the first woman's club in America, organized in 1868.

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

  • noun United States A woman's club; an association of women.
  • noun (Bot.) A fleshy fruit formed by the consolidation of many flowers with their receptacles, ovaries, etc., as the breadfruit, mulberry, and pineapple.

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

  • noun botany Any multiple fleshy fruit that is derived from the ovaries of multiple flowers


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  • "Well, I sat up for three weeks running, with one of them girls -- the red-haired one, till she died off of sorosis of the liver --"

    Humoresque A Laugh on Life with a Tear Behind It

  • "Without going too much into detail, madam -- for you would probably not understand it, anyway -- I concede that great care is going to be necessary here; otherwise exudation of the esophagus is nearly sure to ensue, and this will be followed by ossification and extradition of the maxillaris superioris, which must decompose the granular surfaces of the great infusorial ganglionic system, thus obstructing the action of the posterior varioloid arteries, and precipitating compound strangulated sorosis of the valvular tissues, and ending unavoidably in the dispersion and combustion of the marsupial fluxes and the consequent embrocation of the bicuspid populo redax referendum rotulorum."

    Those Extraordinary Twins


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  • Women's club. (from Phrontistery)

    May 23, 2008

  • Sounds more like a women's condition: The Heartbreak of Sorosis

    May 23, 2008

  • Or a liver disease.

    May 23, 2008

  • Cf. comments for soroses.

    June 13, 2010