- Botany. a hard or stony endocarp, as a peach stone.
- a shell membrane.
Origin of putamen
1820–30; < Latin putāmen, equivalent to putā(re) to prune, clean + -men resultative suffix
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The endocarp is usually hard, forming the stone (putamen) of the fruit, which encloses the kernel or seed.
- the hard endocarp or stone of fruits such as the peach, plum, and cherry
C19: from Latin: clippings, from putāre to prune
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- The outer, larger, and darker gray of the three portions into which the lentiform nucleus of the brain is divided.
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