Definition of syconium in English:

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syconium

Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈkəʊnɪəm/

noun (plural syconia /sʌɪˈkəʊnɪə/)

Botany
A fleshy hollow receptacle that develops into a multiple fruit, as in the fig.
Example sentences
  • Figs (or, more properly, syconia) are hollow multiple receptacles lined with numerous male and female florets.
  • Earlier, at the flower stage, the syconium is the same shape but much smaller.
  • The caprifig, whose syconia are generally considered to be inedible, is the wild fig of Asia Minor.

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sukon 'fig'.

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