Definition of pericarp in English:


Syllabification: per·i·carp
Pronunciation: /ˈperiˌkärp


  • The part of a fruit formed from the wall of the ripened ovary.
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    • Fruits had the pericarps removed and the seeds were stratified.
    • Prior to seed germination, the pericarp of a dispersed fruit opens to form a small slit near the stylar end.
    • The enzyme indeed increases during ripening, and is concentrated in the skin and outer pericarp of the fruit.


late 17th century: from French péricarpe, from Greek perikarpion 'pod, shell', from peri- 'around' + karpos 'fruit'.

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