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)
- 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)
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.
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!