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When I read a Children's Illustrated Dictionary, I found an example sentence as this,


An apricot is a soft round fruit. It has a big stone in the middle.

How to replace the stone with another better word in the example? core?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

kernel is a synonym to stone in that context, as is pit. If the stone in question is small, you could use pip or seed.

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Just a note to add that stone is the proper word for the seed inside apricots, peaches, nectarines and similar fruit. In fact, peach varieties are divided into clingstone and freestone, depending on whether or not the flesh fibers attach to the stone. – bye Feb 21 '11 at 9:58
...and one of these days I'm going to start remembering to upvote when I make a comment that is complementary to an answer. My brain seems to think that since I've clicked something, I'm done with the page. – bye Feb 21 '11 at 10:08
"Stone" is the only word for that in my normal vocabulary. "Kernel" and "pit" I recognise, but would not use either of them in this sense. – Colin Fine Feb 21 '11 at 13:07
In middle-America I often hear the term 'pit' used for peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, cherries, etc. I don't think I've heard anyone in this area call them 'stones'. – oosterwal Feb 21 '11 at 17:42

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