aril

[ ar-il ]
/ ˈær ɪl /

noun Botany.

a usually fleshy appendage or covering of certain seeds, as of the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, or the nutmeg.

Nearby words

  1. ariette,
  2. arigato,
  3. aright,
  4. arikara,
  5. ariki,
  6. arillate,
  7. arillode,
  8. arimasp,
  9. arimathaea,
  10. arimathea

Origin of aril

1785–95; < New Latin arillus; Medieval Latin: grape seed, probably erroneously for armillus, with same sense; compare Upper Italian dialect armella, arma kernel, pit of a fruit, Italian animella edible insides of an animal < Latin anima literally, spirit (hence, the insides of a thing), with -illa diminutive suffix; see anima

Related formsar·il·loid, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for aril

aril

/ (ˈærɪl) /

noun

an appendage on certain seeds, such as those of the yew and nutmeg, developed from or near the funicle of the ovule and often brightly coloured and fleshy
Derived Formsarillate, adjective

Word Origin for aril

C18: from New Latin arillus, from Medieval Latin arilli raisins, pips of grapes

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Word Origin and History for aril

aril

n.

"accessory covering of seeds," 1794, from Modern Latin arillus, from Medieval Latin arilli, Spanish arillos "dried grapes, raisins."

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Science definitions for aril

aril

[ ărəl ]

A fleshy seed cover which arises from the funiculus (the stalk of the ovule). Arils, such the red berry-like arils of the yew, are often brightly colored to attract animals who eat them and disperse the seeds. The spice mace is the aril of the nutmeg seed.
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