[ trahy-muh ]
/ ˈtraɪ mə /
noun, plural try·ma·ta [trahy-muh-tuh]. /ˈtraɪ mə tə/. Botany.
a nut having an outer shell that becomes tough and dry and eventually splits open, as in the walnut and hickory.
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Origin of tryma
1855–60; <New Latin <Greek trŷma hole, equivalent to trȳ́(ein) to rub down, wear away + -ma noun suffix marking result
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British Dictionary definitions for tryma
/ (ˈtraɪmə) /
noun plural -mata (-mətə)
botany a drupe produced by the walnut and similar plants, in which the endocarp is a hard shell and the epicarp is dehiscent
Word Origin for tryma
C19: from New Latin, from Greek truma a hole (referring to the hollow drupe), from truein to wear away
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