the world is a fruit."
That definition includes apples, tomatoes, and anything else that grows from a plant and contains seeds. (Cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins, and avocados are all fruits too, according to science.)
Vegetables, on the other hand, have a slightly murkier definition.
It's a word we use to group together a wide range of plants whose parts are edible and herbaceous, like roots, stems, and leaves.
The critical distinction is that, according to the dictionary, a vegetable must be part of a plant or the whole plant itself,
while fruits are just the means by which certain plants spread their seeds.
"The thing a tomato plant produces isn't a part of the plant itself, any more than the egg a chicken lays is part of the chicken, or the apple is part of the tree on which it grew,
" Merriam-Webster wrote.
A botanist would use the botanical classification, which is based on the plant's physiological characteristics, like the structure, function and organisation of the plant.
1Therefore, botanically speaking, a 'fruit' is the seed-bearing product that grows from the ovary of a flowering plant or, in other words, a fruit is the plants' way of spreading its' seeds.
2 A botanical fruit would have at least one seed and grow from the flower of the plant.
1 With this definition in mind, tomatoes are classified as fruit because they contain seeds and grow from the flower of the tomato plant.
A 'vegetable' in botanical terms on the other hand, does not have a set definition but is more of a general term encompassing all other edible aspects of the plant; the roots, stems and leaves.
1 So putting our botany caps on, we would classify foods like apples, strawberries and peaches as fruits including tomatoes!