Anthocarpous

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Anthocarpous (Bot) Having some portion of the floral envelopes attached to the pericarp to form the fruit, as in the checkerberry, the mulberry, and the pineapple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • anthocarpous In botany, characterized by thickened floral envelops: applied to certain fruits. Instances of anthocarpous fruits are the checkerberry with a fleshy calyx, the berry of the yew with a cup-like disk, and the strawberry with fleshy torus. The epithet is also applied to such multiple fruits as the mulberry and pineapple, which are dense forms of inflorescence with the fleshy floral envelops matted together about the ovaries, and to the fig, the cone of the pine, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Anthocarpous an-tho-kär′pus (bot.) bearing fruit resulting from many flowers, as the pine-apple.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'a`nqos flower + karpo`s fruit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Gr. anthos, a flower, karpos, fruit.