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John Lindley (1835) Introduction to Botany, page 296:
- After the period of ripeness, most fleshy fruits undergo a new kind of alteration; their flesh either rots or blets. […] May I be forgiven for coining a word to express that peculiar bruised appearance in some fruits, called blessi [sic] by the French, for which we have no equivalent English expression ?
Emphasis and footnote in original, and though written as blessi, the French word for bletted is blette, and Lindley coined “blet”, suggesting an error in the text.
- “blet” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- French: blé