- the outer, usually hard, integument or coat of a seed.
Origin of testa
1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin; see test2
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Examples from the Web for testa
“He had over the years made different offerings, and some were really ridiculous,” Testa says.‘Speed-Freak Killer’ Wesley Shermantine to Help Police Find Victims
July 19, 2012
Testa says Huckaby's attempts to divert attention from herself show that she was sane.
Testa—who is tall and intense—says her demeanor led detectives to peg her as a suspect.
“I would say that Melissa was tempted by these girls,” says Testa.
They had been there and owned it since the days of the Testa de Nevil.Border Ghost Stories
The testa of the seed bears no down, and may be divided into two parts.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
The next night the giant with Testa di Molton knocked with the same result.The Valleys of Tirol
R. H. Busk
The testa covering the berry is made of lengthened cells with oblique markings resting on a thin membrane, almost structureless.
The structure of the testa is very different from that of either rice or oat, or indeed any of the other cereal grains.
- a hard protective outer layer of the seeds of flowering plants; seed coat
C18: from Latin: shell; see test ²
- See seed coat.
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