Definition of exine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈekˌsēn/ Pronunciation: /-ˌsīn/


The decay-resistant outer coating of a pollen grain or spore. It typically bears a highly characteristic surface pattern that is used in palynology.
Example sentences
  • Orbicules may be attached to the exine of the pollen grains.
  • Short elongated elements occur on the orbicule wall, similar to those present on the pollen exine.
  • This study concentrates on these parameters using purified exines (sporopollenin capsules) prepared from pine pollen, which consist of a central capsule and two lateral sacci.


Late 19th century: perhaps from ex-2 'out' + Greek is, in- 'fiber'.

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Syllabification: ex·ine

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