EXAMPLES | noun . Botany any small, dry, hard, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit. Origin of achene 1835–45;
New Latin achaenium,
a- a- 6
to gape) +
Latin -ium -ium Related forms a·che·ni·al , [ey- kee-nee- uh l, uh- kee-] /eɪˈki ni əl, əˈki-/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for akene Historical Examples of akene British Dictionary definitions for akene noun 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 Derived Forms achenial or akenial, adjective Word Origin for achene
C19: from New Latin
achaenium that which does not yawn or open, from a- 1 + Greek khainein to yawn
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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.
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