[ ep-i-kahrp ]
/ ˈɛp ɪˌkɑrp /

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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Examples from the Web for epicarp

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

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

    All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
  • At intervals along the surface of the epicarp are stomata, or breathing pores, surrounded by guard cells.

    All About Coffee|William H. Ukers

British Dictionary definitions for epicarp



/ (ˈɛpɪˌkɑːp) /


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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Science definitions for epicarp

[ ĕpĭ-kärp′ ]

See exocarp.
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