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ripe

adjective uk   /raɪp/ us  

ripe adjective (FRUIT/CROPS)

B2 (of fruit or crops) completely developed and ready to be collected or eaten: Those bananas aren't ripe yet - they're still green.

ripe adjective (CHEESE)

describes cheese that has developed a strong flavour: This brie smells good and ripe.

ripe adjective (SMELL)

describes a smell that is strong and unpleasant: There was a ripe smell from his socks.

ripe adjective (LANGUAGE)

old-fashioned humorous describes language that is rude: a ripe joke
ripeness
noun [U] uk   /ˈraɪp.nəs/ us  
(Definition of ripe from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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