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exine

[ek-seen, -sahyn]
noun Botany.
  1. 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

exine

extine (ˈɛkstɪn, -tiːn, -taɪn)

noun
  1. botany the outermost coat of a pollen grain or a sporeCompare intine
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exine in Science

exine

[ĕksēn′, -sīn′]
  1. 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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