Definition of endocarp in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛndə(ʊ)kɑːp/


The innermost layer of the pericarp which surrounds a seed in a fruit. It may be membranous (as in apples) or woody (as in the stone of a peach or cherry).
Example sentences
  • The fruits usually bear two or three seeds that are covered by an endocarp that opens when the fruit pulp is removed.
  • Surface deposits are covering materials on seed coats and are apparently derived from the endocarp.
  • The seed is enclosed in a hard endocarp.



Pronunciation: /ɛndə(ʊ)ˈkɑːpɪk/
Example sentences
  • These plants could represent a good opportunity to observe gene expression in a perennial crop and the management of resistance against an endocarpic insect.


Early 19th century: from endo- 'within' + a shortened form of pericarp.

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Line breaks: endo|carp

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