pericarp

[ 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.

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Origin of pericarp

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pericarp

per·i·car·pi·al, per·i·car·pic, adjectiveper·i·car·poi·dal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pericarp

pericarp
/ (ˈpɛrɪˌkɑːp) /

noun

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 forms of pericarp

pericarpial or pericarpic, adjective

Word Origin for pericarp

C18: via French from New Latin pericarpium
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Scientific definitions for pericarp

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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