- any small, dry, hard, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit.
Origin of achene
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The fruit of Composit (though not of a single carpel) is also an akene.
Akene of Virgin's-bower, retaining the feathered style, which aids in dissemination.
It is what the botanists call an akene, which simply means just one seed with a tight envelope about it.
- a variant spelling of achene
- a dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall. It may be smooth, as in the buttercup, or feathery, as in clematis
Word Origin for achene
- A small, dry, one-seeded fruit in which the seed sits free inside the hollow fruit, attached only by the stem of the ovule. Achenes are indehiscent (they do not split open when ripe). The fruits of the sunflower and elm are achenes.