[ sip-suh-luh ]

noun,plural cyp·se·lae [sip-suh-lee]. /ˈsɪp səˌli/. Botany.
  1. an achene with an adherent calyx, as in the composite plants.

Origin of cypsela

1865–70; <New Latin <Greek kypsélē hollow vessel, chest, box

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British Dictionary definitions for cypsela


/ (ˈsɪpsɪlə) /

nounplural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. the dry one-seeded fruit of the daisy and related plants, which resembles an achene but is surrounded by a calyx sheath

Origin of cypsela

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

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Scientific definitions for cypsela


[ sĭpsə-lə ]

Plural cypselae (sĭpsə-lē′)
  1. 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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