noun, plural cyp·se·lae [sip-suh-lee] /ˈsɪp səˌli/. Botany.

an achene with an adherent calyx, as in the composite plants.

Nearby words

  1. cypris,
  2. cypro-,
  3. cyproheptadine,
  4. cyproterone,
  5. cyprus,
  6. cyrano de bergerac,
  7. cyrano de bergerac, savinien,
  8. cyrenaic,
  9. cyrenaica,
  10. cyrenaics

Origin of cypsela

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek kypsélē hollow vessel, chest, box Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cypsela


noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)

the dry one-seeded fruit of the daisy and related plants, which resembles an achene but is surrounded by a calyx sheath

Word Origin for cypsela

C19: from New Latin, from Greek kupselē chest, hollow vessel

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Science definitions for cypsela



Plural cypselae (sĭpsə-lē′)

A type of dry fruit consisting of an achene with a closely adhering calyx, the characteristic fruit of the aster family. Dandelions produce cypselae in which the plume, or pappus, is actually a modified sepal.
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