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[sip-suh-luh] /ˈsɪp sə lə/
noun, plural cypselae
[sip-suh-lee] /ˈsɪp səˌli/ (Show IPA).
an achene with an adherent calyx, as in the composite plants.
Origin of cypsela
1865-70; < New Latin < Greek kypsélē hollow vessel, chest, box Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː)
the dry one-seeded fruit of the daisy and related plants, which resembles an achene but is surrounded by a calyx sheath
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek kupselē chest, hollow vessel
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Plural cypselae (sĭp'sə-lē')
A type of dry fruit consisting of an achene with a closely adhering calyx, the characteristic fruit of the aster family. Dandelions produce cypselae in which the plume, or pappus, is actually a modified sepal.
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