[ kahr-puh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˈkɑr pəˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /
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noun Botany.

a slender prolongation of the floral axis, bearing the carpels of some compound fruits, as in many plants of the parsley family.
Mycology. the fruiting body of the higher fungi.



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Origin of carpophore

First recorded in 1865–70; carpo-1 + -phore
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British Dictionary definitions for carpophore

/ (ˈkɑːpəˌfɔː) /


the central column surrounded by carpels in such flowers as the geranium
a spore-bearing structure in some of the higher fungi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for carpophore

[ kär′pə-fôr ]

A fleshy, spore-producing body of basidiomycetes and ascomycetes. In common usage, the term mushroom is applied to carpophores that have a distinctive stipe and cap.
A slender stalk that supports each half of a dehisced fruit in many members of the parsley family.
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