- the outer integument of a seed.
Origin of seed coat
First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for seed coat
Special outgrowths, arils, of the seed-coat are of frequent occurrence.
On the other hand, indehiscent fruits discharge these functions for the embryo, and the seed-coat is only slightly developed.
The character of the seed-coat bears a definite relation to that of the fruit.
Amygdal decorticat, L. Almonds from which the husk or seed-coat has been removed.
The seed itself, which is contained within the testa or seed-coat, consists essentially of the young plant or embryo.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope
John William Griffith
- the nontechnical name for testa
- The outer protective covering of a seed. The seed coat develops from the integument of the ovule. Also called testa
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