noun (plural caryopses /-ˌsēz/)Botany
A dry one-seeded fruit in which the ovary wall is united with the seed coat, typical of grasses and cereals.
- Surface-sterilized caryopses were germinated on moist filter paper in Petri dishes on 13 September 1996.
- Immature caryopses were collected, surface-sterilized and rinsed twice with sterile distilled water.
- Maize caryopses were immersed in tap water and then allowed to germinate in Petri dishes on moist filter paper in the dark at 26°C.
Early 19th century: from modern Latin, from Greek karuon 'nut' + opsis 'appearance'.
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