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fruit of the union

1. A child or children resulting from the union between two people, such as a marriage or domestic union. Also written as "fruit of one's union." Why wouldn't you want to have children? They're the normal fruit of the union of marriage! When we started the divorce proceedings, the largest question was who would retain custody over the fruit of our union.
2. The offspring resulting from a sexual union between two mates. A "labradoodle," one of the cutest but silliest-named crossbreeds around, is the fruit of the union between a Labrador Retriever and a poodle.
3. The outcome, result, or product of an interaction or union between two or more bodies, elements, or forces. Water is merely the fruit of the union of two hydrogen atoms and a single oxygen atom. The treaty was ultimately the fruit of the union of two brilliant academics on either side of the war, who worked for months with each side's leaders to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
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Gerard's description "Of Peason" (1044-47) suggests why the peascod can be a rich symbol for marriage: its "clasping tendrels" give support; the roots of the "Everlasting wilde Pease" never die; and pea-pods always grow in twos, from the same stalk, so they are perfect symbols of the unity of two in one at marriage and the reproductive fruits of the union.
Will be watching with interest to see the fruits of the union, finally made official in Amsterdam, as a Mr Gullit swaps his dreadlocks for wedlock and makes an honest woman of a miss Cruyff - niece of that other great Dutch master Johan (and a little less impressively, Jordi's cousin).
While we are preparing for the celebrations of the UAE's 43rd National Day, it is good for us to harvest the fruits of the Union in scientific inventions and innovative fields," Al Ketbi said.