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caryopsis

[ kar-ee-op-sis ]
/ 藢k忙r i藞蓲p s瑟s /
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noun, plural car路y路op路ses [kar-ee-op-seez] /藢k忙r i藞蓲p siz/ car路y路op路si路des [kar-ee-op-si-deez]. /藢k忙r i藞蓲p s瑟藢diz/. Botany.
a small, one-celled, one-seeded, dry indehiscent fruit with the pericarp adherent to the seed coat, the typical fruit of grasses and grains.
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Origin of caryopsis

First recorded in 1820鈥30; cary(o)- + -opsis

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British Dictionary definitions for caryopsis

caryopsis
/ (藢k忙r瑟藞蓲ps瑟s) /

noun plural -ses (-si藧z) or -sides (-s瑟藢di藧z)
a dry seedlike fruit having the pericarp fused to the seed coat of the single seed: produced by the grasses

Word Origin for caryopsis

C19: New Latin; see karyo-, -opsis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for caryopsis

caryopsis
[ k膬r鈥材-艔ps沫s ]

Plural caryopses (k膬r鈥材-艔ps膿z鈥) caryopsides (k膬r鈥材-艔ps沫-d膿z鈥)
A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united. Also called grain
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