- a small, one-celled, one-seeded, dry indehiscent fruit with the pericarp adherent to the seed coat, the typical fruit of grasses and grains.
Origin of caryopsis
Examples from the Web for caryopsis
Historical Examples of caryopsis
Caryopsis grooved, blunt and more tightly held in the palea.
The caryopsis is very narrow, and the rachilla long and feathered with hairs.
The caryopsis is shorter and more ovoid than in other Bromes.
In Lolium and Agropyrum the caryopsis is still more wheat-like and grooved.
Caryopsis 7-8 mm., less flattened than in Bromus, with a shallow groove.
- a dry seedlike fruit having the pericarp fused to the seed coat of the single seed: produced by the grasses
Word Origin for caryopsis
- A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united. Also called grain