• synonyms


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

Origin of cypsela

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek kypsélē hollow vessel, chest, box
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cypsela

Historical Examples of cypsela

  • Then the Hebrus, with a navigation up the stream for 100 stadia to Cypsela.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume I (of 3)


  • The road, about ten miles from Cypsela, proved to be obstructed Pg 1766by woods, narrow and broken.

British Dictionary definitions for cypsela


noun plural -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
Show More

Word Origin for cypsela

C19: from New Latin, from Greek kupselē chest, hollow vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

cypsela in Science


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.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.