caryopsis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caryopsis dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caryopsis (Bot) A one-celled, dry, indehiscent fruit, with a thin membranous pericarp, adhering closely to the seed, so that fruit and seed are incorporated in one body, forming a single grain, as of wheat, barley, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caryopsis In botany, a small, one-seeded, dry, indehiscent fruit, in which the thin seed-coat is adherent throughout to the very thin pericarp, as in wheat and all other cereal grains. Also spelled cariopsis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. gr. hut, kernel + sight, form

Usage

In literature:

Such a fruit is termed a =caryopsis= or =grain=.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
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