Mystery Category #2

Remove one letter from each word, then unscramble to find a new word. The correct answers will all be part of the same category.
Quiz by xtremesecretary
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Last updated: April 1, 2021
First submittedFebruary 28, 2018
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Lose a Letter, Unscramble
New Word
GIFT
FIG
CLUMP
PLUM
PEARL
PEAR
TAXED
DATE
APPEAL
APPLE
ARCHERY
CHERRY
SOLEMN
LEMON
CHAPEL
PEACH
GROANED
ORANGE
TROPICAL
APRICOT
Mystery Category
FRUIT
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Level 19
Apr 1, 2021
For groaned, I think dragon should work as well. I know the given answer is the more obvious fruit, but a dragon fruit is still a fruit and can be obtained from groaned.

Personally I spotted dragon, then couldn't get it out of my head to find the right one.

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Level 76
Apr 1, 2021
I like the way you think, and I edited the quiz so that dragon will be accepted as an alternate. Why didn't I think like that??? :)