(Dru*pa"ceous) a. [Cf. F. drupacé.] (Bot.) Producing, or pertaining to, drupes; having the
form of drupes; as, drupaceous trees or fruits.
(Drup"al) a. (Bot.) Drupaceous.
(Drupe) n. [F. drupe, L. drupa an overripe, wrinkled olive, fr. Gr. .] (Bot.) A fruit consisting
of pulpy, coriaceous, or fibrous exocarp, without valves, containing a nut or stone with a kernel. The
exocarp is succulent in the plum, cherry, apricot, peach, etc.; dry and subcoriaceous in the almond; and
fibrous in the cocoanut.
(Drup"el Drupe"let) n. [Dim. of Drupe.] (Bot.) A small drupe, as one of the pulpy grains of the
(Druse) n. [Cf. G. druse bonny, crystallized piece of ore, Bohem. druza. Cf. Dross.] (Min.)
A cavity in a rock, having its interior surface studded with crystals and sometimes filled with water; a
(Druse) n. One of a people and religious sect dwelling chiefly in the Lebanon mountains of Syria.
The Druses separated from the Mohammedan Arabs in the 9th century. Their characteristic dogma is
the unity of God.Am. Cyc.
(Dru"sy Drused) a. (Min.) Covered with a large number of minute crystals.
(Drux"ey, Drux"y) a. [Etymol. uncertain.] Having decayed spots or streaks of a whitish color;
said of timber. Weale.
(Dry) a. [Compar. Drier ; superl. Driest.] [OE. drue, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dröge,
D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. Drought, Drouth, 3d Drug.]
1. Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal
supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; said especially: (a) Of the weather: Free from rain or
The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season.Addison.
(b) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay. (c) Of
animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry. (d) Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
Give the dry fool drink.Shak
(e) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly.Prescott.
(f) (Med.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as,
dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
2. Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.
These epistles will become less dry, more susceptible of ornament.Pope.
3. Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a
dry tone or manner; dry wit.
He was rather a dry, shrewd kind of body.W. Irving.