noun, plural cyp·se·lae [sip-suh-lee] /ˈsɪp səˌli/. Botany.
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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Then the Hebrus, with a navigation up the stream for 100 stadia to Cypsela.
The road, about ten miles from Cypsela, proved to be obstructed Pg 1766by woods, narrow and broken.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End
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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Plural cypselae (sĭp′sə-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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