from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fruit which, to be ripened, must be planted against a wall.


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  • The cherries are succeeded by the apricots and peaches, which are all standards, and of consequence better flavoured than what we call wall-fruit.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • That power was not, indeed, very extensive; however, in common with the rats, I sate rent free; and as Dr. Johnson has recorded that he never but once in his life had as much wall-fruit as he could eat, so let me be grateful that on that single occasion I had as large a choice of apartments in a London mansion as I could possibly desire.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • She was handsome, too, when he came to look, very handsome when he came to look again, -- endowed with that city beauty which is like the beauty of wall-fruit, something finer in certain respects than can be reared off the pavement.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

  • I should not forget to mention, that the gardens are large, sometimes two or three acres, encompassed with high walls, and well planted with fruit-trees, and particularly wall-fruit.

    Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808

  • When a child, I was once let loose, by favor of a nobleman's gardener, into his Lordship's magnificent fruit-garden, with full leave to pull the currants and the gooseberries; only I was interdicted from touching the wall-fruit.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864

  • The season had been so unfavourable for wall-fruit, that (as the gardener told me) all these gardens had yielded less than a dozen peaches and nectarines.

    A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792

  • A little sulphur sprinkled over a plant will keep them from it; while wall-fruit, etc., may be kept free from them by surrounding it with a broad band of chalk.

    Gardening for the Million

  • Glegg, at the pleasant hour of four in the afternoon of a hot August day, was naturally counting his wall-fruit to assure himself that the sum total had not varied since yesterday.

    II. Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob’s Thumb. Book V—Wheat and Tares

  • He showed her his flowers and his wall-fruit, and asked her to eat his strawberries.

    The Lost Girl

  • Attached to the Grammar School there was “a great garden,” renowned for its wall-fruit and flowers; so by leaving Winestead behind, our

    Andrew Marvell


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