[ ek-seen, -sahyn ]
/ ˈɛk sin, -saɪn /

noun Botany.

the outer coat of a spore, especially a pollen grain.


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Also extine.

Origin of exine

First recorded in 1880–85; ex-1 + -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for exine


extine (ˈɛkstɪn, -tiːn, -taɪn)

/ (ˈɛksɪn, -aɪn) /


botany the outermost coat of a pollen grain or a sporeCompare intine
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Scientific definitions for exine

[ ĕksēn′, -sīn′ ]

The outer layer of the wall of a pollen grain. The exine is composed of the most durable organic polymer known, sporopollenin. Also called extine
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