Sunday, April 26, 2009
pome \ˈpōm\ noun: a fleshy fruit (as an apple or pear) consisting of an outer thickened fleshy layer and a central core with usually five seeds enclosed in a capsule
Etymology: Middle English, fruit, from Anglo-French pume, pomme apple, fruit, ultimately from Late Latin pomum
Joyce Kilmer wrote, “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.” He could have written, “I think that I shall never eat / A pome as lovely as a loquat,” but it doesn’t rhyme. Plus, had he ever even tasted a loquat?