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testa

[ tes-tuh ]
/ ˈtɛs tə /
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noun, plural tes·tae [tes-tee]. /ˈtɛs ti/. Botany.

the outer, usually hard, integument or coat of a seed.

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Origin of testa

1790–1800; <New Latin, Latin; see test2
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British Dictionary definitions for testa

testa
/ (ˈtɛstə) /

noun plural -tae (-tiː)

a hard protective outer layer of the seeds of flowering plants; seed coat
C18: from Latin: shell; see test ²
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Scientific definitions for testa

testa
[ tĕstə ]

Plural testae (tĕstē′)

See seed coat.
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