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[ep-i-kahrp] /ˈɛp ɪˌkɑrp/
noun, Botany.
the outermost layer of a pericarp, as the rind or peel of certain fruits.
Origin of epicarp
First recorded in 1825-35; epi- + -carp Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At intervals along the surface of the epicarp are stomata, or breathing pores, surrounded by guard cells.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The cells of the epicarp are broad and polygonal, sometimes regularly four-sided, about 15–35 µ broad.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • Mooden Sheriff ascribes its emetic properties to the pulp alone, the epicarp and seeds being inactive according to his authority.

British Dictionary definitions for epicarp


the outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits: forms the skin of a peach or grape
Word Origin
C19: from French épicarpe, from epi- + Greek karpos fruit
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epicarp in Science
See exocarp.
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