[ mez-uh-kahrp, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh- ]
/ ˈmɛz əˌkɑrp, ˈmɛs-, ˈmi zə-, -sə- /

noun Botany.

the middle layer of pericarp, as the fleshy part of certain fruits.


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Origin of mesocarp

First recorded in 1840–50; meso- + -carp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for mesocarp

  • The cells of the mesocarp become as large as 100 µ broad, but in the inner parts of the layer they become very much flattened.

    All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
  • Mesocarp, the middle part of a pericarp, when that is distinguishable into three layers, 120.

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

British Dictionary definitions for mesocarp

/ (ˈmɛsəʊˌkɑːp) /


the middle layer of the pericarp of a fruit, such as the flesh of a peach
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for mesocarp

[ mĕzə-kärp′ ]

The middle, often fleshy layer of the pericarp, such as the yellow flesh of the peach. Compare endocarp exocarp.
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