[mez-uh-kahrp, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]

noun Botany.

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

Origin of mesocarp

First recorded in 1840–50; meso- + -carp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mesocarp

Historical Examples of mesocarp

  • 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.

  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for mesocarp



the middle layer of the pericarp of a fruit, such as the flesh of a peach
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mesocarp in Science



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