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.
- per·i·car·pi·al, per·i·car·pic, adjective
- per·i·car·poi·dal, adjective
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How to use pericarp in a sentence
In the medlar the core (or true pericarp) is of a stony hardness, while the outer succulent covering is open at the summit.
Dehiscent—the pericarp splits to allow the escape of the seeds—generally many-seeded.
pericarp generally differentiated into distinct layers, one of which is succulent or fibrous.
In an orthotropal seed attached to the base of the pericarp it is superior, as also in a suspended anatropal seed.
pericarp woody, dehiscent at the tip by 2–4 valves; contains 1–4 seeds, slightly orbiculate, coriaceous.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines | T. H. Pardo de Tavera
British Dictionary definitions for pericarp
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
- pericarpial or pericarpic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for pericarp
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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