[ per-i-kahrp ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪˌkɑrp /

noun Botany.

the walls of a ripened ovary or fruit, sometimes consisting of three layers, the epicarp, mesocarp, and endocarp.
a membranous envelope around the cystocarp of red algae.

Nearby words

  1. pericardiostomy,
  2. pericardiotomy,
  3. pericarditis,
  4. pericarditis obliterans,
  5. pericardium,
  6. pericementitis,
  7. pericementum,
  8. pericenter,
  9. pericentre,
  10. perichaetial

Origin of pericarp

1750–60; < New Latin pericarpium < Greek perikárpion pod. See peri-, -carp

Related formsper·i·car·pi·al, per·i·car·pic, adjectiveper·i·car·poi·dal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pericarp


/ (ˈpɛrɪˌkɑːp) /


the part of a fruit enclosing the seeds that develops from the wall of the ovary
a layer of tissue around the reproductive bodies of some algae and fungi
Derived Formspericarpial or pericarpic, adjective

Word Origin for pericarp

C18: via French from New Latin pericarpium

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Science definitions for pericarp


[ pĕrĭ-kärp′ ]

The tissue that arises from the ripened ovary wall of a fruit; the fruit wall. In fleshy fruits, the pericarp can often be divided into the exocarp, the mesocarp, and the endocarp. For example, in a peach, the skin is the exocarp, the yellow flesh is the mesocarp, while the stone or pit surrounding the seed represents the endocarp.
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