noun Botany.

the inner layer of a pericarp, as the stone of certain fruits.

Origin of endocarp

First recorded in 1820–30; endo- + -carp
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Examples from the Web for endocarp

Historical Examples of endocarp

  • The endocarp is hard and forms the shell which encloses the seed.

  • This endocarp is covered with fibres which penetrate the pulp.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands

    Gerrit Parmile Wilder

  • A juicy pulp encloses a double membrane, or endocarp, and within the latter are the seeds which constitute the coffee of commerce.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • The stone enclosing the kernel is called the endocarp, while the pulpy or succulent part is called the mesocarp.

  • Beneath this is a part like tissue paper, spoken of technically as the parchment, but known scientifically as the endocarp.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

British Dictionary definitions for endocarp



the inner, usually woody, layer of the pericarp of a fruit, such as the stone of a peach or cherry
Derived Formsendocarpal or endocarpic, adjective
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endocarp in Science



The hard inner layer of the pericarp of many fruits, such as the layer that forms the pit or stone of a cherry, peach, or olive. Compare exocarp mesocarp.
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