Definition of caryopsis in English:

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caryopsis

Pronunciation: /ˌkerēˈäpsəs/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin, from Greek karuon 'nut' + opsis 'appearance'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: car·y·op·sis

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