Definition of pseudocarp in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsjuːdə(ʊ)kɑːp/


Technical term for false fruit.
Example sentences
  • The strawberry fruit crop is of great economic importance worldwide and its edible part is a false fruit originating mainly from the expansion of the flower base or pseudocarp where the real fruits are attached.
  • In this paper, strawberry ‘fruit’ is referred to as the receptacle (pseudocarp) including the seeds (achenes).
  • Strawberries are pseudocarps or false fruit as the seeds are on the outside and the fleshy red fruit part is the receptacle which is not usually a large part of the fruit. Apples and pears are also pseudocarps.


Mid 19th century: from pseudo- 'false' + Greek karpos 'fruit'.

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