Is there an adjective that means ‘fruit-like’?

Is there a word for fruit-like that could be uttered by an aristocratic gentleman of the 18th Century in a club such as Boodle’s without sounding anachronous or ill-befitting of his class?

Before anyone mentions it, I have looked at ‘fruitlike‘, but, due to its lack of use pre-1850 (Ngrams) and the fact it is being corrected by my spell-checker due to its rarity, I am discounting it.


fruitlike ‎(comparative more fruitlike, superlative most fruitlike)

  1. Resembling fruit.
    • The chewing gum had a fruitlike fragrance.


I have also looked at fruity but, in my setting, it seems slightly out-of-place, despite it being used at the time†.


fruity ‎(comparative fruitier, superlative fruitiest)

  1. containing fruit or fruit flavouring
  2. similar to fruit or tasting of fruit
  3. (informal) mad, crazy
  4. (informal, derogatory, LGBT, of a male) effeminate or otherwise flamboyant or homosexual
  5. (Britain, informal) sexually suggestive.
    • His text message was filled with fruity language.

The sentence into which my word needs to fit is as follows:

By George! doesn’t that painting render his head so dreadfully [fruity]

† It was used at the time, but I am unsure as to with which meaning; № 3, 4, 5 would certainly not fit.

fruity (adj.)
1650s, from fruit + -y (2). Related: Fruitiness.


The example sentence doesn’t need to be too rigid; if you can find a good word, don’t let the sentence stop you!


Fructiform appears to exist as an obscure word for “having the form of a fruit” Merriam-Webster. My Collins dictionary doesn’t list it, and I can’t find any further details of how long it has been in use.

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