Definition of cypsela in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪpsɪlə/

noun (plural cypselae /ˈsɪpsɪliː/)

A dry single-seeded fruit formed from a double ovary of which only one develops into a seed, as in the daisy family.
Example sentences
  • Viable cypselae of any aster or goldenrod from anywhere in the world is most welcomed by the lab.
  • Species are annuals, biennials or rhizomatous perennials and have dimorphic cypselae with the ray fruit lacking a well developed crown of bristles.
  • The cypsela of the perennial dandelion is classified as an anthocarp.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek kupselē 'hollow vessel'.

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