Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The produce of trees, plants or other vegetation.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The produce of a tree or plant which contains the seed or is used for food. This term, in legal acceptation, is not confined to the produce of those trees which in popular language are called "fruit trees," but applies also to the produce of oak, elm, and walnut trees. Bullen v. Denning, 5 Barn. & C. 847.
    —Civil fruits, in the civil law (fructus civiles) are such things as the rents and income of real property, the interest on money loaned, and annuities. Civ. La. 1900, art. 545.
    —Fruit fallen. The produce of any possession detached therefrom, and capable of being enjoyed by itself. Thus, a next presentation, when a vacancy has occurred, is a fruit fallen from the advowson. Wharton.
    —Fruits of crime. In the law of evidence. Material objecte acquired by means and in consequence of the commission of crime, and sometimes constituting the subject-matter of the crime. Burrill, Circ. Ev. 445 ; 3 Benth. Jud. Ev. 31.
    — Natural fruits. . The produce of the soil, or of fruit-trees, bushes, vines, etc., which are edible or otherwise useful or serve for the reproduction of their species. The term is used in contradistinction to "artificial fruits," i. e., such as by metaphor or analogy are likened to the fruits of the earth. Of the latter, interest on money is an example. See Civ. In. 1900, art 545.