noun Botany.

the outermost layer of a pericarp, as the rind or peel of certain fruits.

Origin of epicarp

First recorded in 1825–35; epi- + -carp
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Historical Examples of epicarp

  • At intervals along the surface of the epicarp are stomata, or breathing pores, surrounded by guard cells.

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  • The cells of the epicarp are broad and polygonal, sometimes regularly four-sided, about 15–35 µ broad.

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  • Mooden Sheriff ascribes its emetic properties to the pulp alone, the epicarp and seeds being inactive according to his authority.

British Dictionary definitions for epicarp




the outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits: forms the skin of a peach or grape

Word Origin for epicarp

C19: from French épicarpe, from epi- + Greek karpos fruit
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epicarp in Science



See exocarp.
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