[kahr-puh-fawr, -fohr]

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.

Origin of carpophore

First recorded in 1865–70; carpo-1 + -phore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carpophore

Historical Examples of carpophore

  • Carpophore, the stalk or support of a pistil extending between its carpels, 113.

  • A Carpophore is a prolongation of receptacle or axis between the carpels and bearing them.

  • The two carpels are close together, with their adjacent surfaces flattened, and are fixed to a central axis called the carpophore.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • In some Borragineous flowers, such as Houndstongue, the gynobase runs up in the centre between the carpels into a carpophore.

  • Fruit (cremocarp) of Osmorrhiza; the two akene-like ripe carpels separating at maturity from a slender axis or carpophore.

British Dictionary definitions for carpophore



the central column surrounded by carpels in such flowers as the geranium
a spore-bearing structure in some of the higher fungi
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carpophore in Science



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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