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cypsela

[sip-suh-luh]
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noun, plural cyp·se·lae [sip-suh-lee] /ˈsɪp səˌli/. Botany.
  1. an achene with an adherent calyx, as in the composite plants.

Origin of cypsela

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek kypsélē hollow vessel, chest, box
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Historical Examples

  • Then the Hebrus, with a navigation up the stream for 100 stadia to Cypsela.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume I (of 3)

    Strabo

  • The road, about ten miles from Cypsela, proved to be obstructed Pg 1766by woods, narrow and broken.


British Dictionary definitions for cypsela

cypsela

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. 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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cypsela in Science

cypsela

[sĭpsə-lə]
Plural cypselae (sĭpsə-lē′)
  1. 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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