- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for caryopsis
Caryopsis grooved, blunt and more tightly held in the palea.
Caryopsis 7-8 mm., less flattened than in Bromus, with a shallow groove.
The caryopsis is shorter and more ovoid than in other Bromes.
In Lolium and Agropyrum the caryopsis is still more wheat-like and grooved.
The caryopsis is very narrow, and the rachilla long and feathered with hairs.
- a dry seedlike fruit having the pericarp fused to the seed coat of the single seed: produced by the grasses
C19: New Latin; see karyo-, -opsis
- A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united. Also called grain
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.