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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French blettir, coined by John Lindley.[1]

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blet (third-person singular simple present blets, present participle bletting, simple past and past participle bletted)

  1. To undergo bletting, a fermentation process in certain fruit beyond ripening.

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  1. ^ John Lindley (1835) Introduction to Botany, page 296:
    After the period of ripeness, most fleshy fruits undergo a new kind of alteration; their flesh either rots or blets. [] May I be forgiven for coining a word to express that peculiar bruised appearance in some fruits, called blessi [sic] by the French, for which we have no equivalent English expression ?

    Emphasis and footnote in original, and though written as blessi, the French word for bletted is blette, and Lindley coined “blet”, suggesting an error in the text.

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AdjectiveEdit

blet (feminine singular blette, masculine plural blets, feminine plural blettes)

  1. overripe

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EtymologyEdit

From Frankish *blād (field produce), from Proto-Germanic *blēdaz, *blēdō (flower, leaf), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlēdh-, *bhlōw-, *bhol- (to flower; leaf).

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blet m (oblique plural blez or bletz, nominative singular blez or bletz, nominative plural blet)

  1. wheat

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