Definition of cypsela in English:


Syllabification: cyp·se·la
Pronunciation: /ˈsipsələ

noun (plural cypselae /-lē/)

  • A dry, single-seeded fruit formed from a double ovary, of which only one develops into a seed, as in the daisy family.
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    • Viable cypselae of any aster or goldenrod from anywhere in the world is most welcomed by the lab.
    • Species are annuals, biennials or rhizomatous perennials and have dimorphic cypselae with the ray fruit lacking a well developed crown of bristles.
    • The cypsela of the perennial dandelion is classified as an anthocarp.


late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek kupselē 'hollow vessel'.

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