- the walls of a ripened ovary or fruit, sometimes consisting of three layers, the epicarp, mesocarp, and endocarp.
- a membranous envelope around the cystocarp of red algae.
Origin of pericarp
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Grain is free, rugose, and the pericarp is hyaline and loose.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
The pericarp or pod contains about twenty-four prismatic-shaped nuts.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
It is official in all Pharmacopœias and the pericarp is the part employed.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
The pericarp is membranaceous, and adheres to the seed, forming a kind of caryopsides.Botany for Ladies
The parts of the pericarp of the nut are united so as to appear one.
- the part of a fruit enclosing the seeds that develops from the wall of the ovary
- a layer of tissue around the reproductive bodies of some algae and fungi
C18: via French from New Latin pericarpium
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- The tissue that arises from the ripened ovary wall of a fruit; the fruit wall. In fleshy fruits, the pericarp can often be divided into the exocarp, the mesocarp, and the endocarp. For example, in a peach, the skin is the exocarp, the yellow flesh is the mesocarp, while the stone or pit surrounding the seed represents the endocarp.
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