Definition of syconium in English:


Syllabification: sy·co·ni·um
Pronunciation: /sīˈkōnēəm

noun (plural syconia /-nēə/)

  • A fleshy hollow receptacle that develops into a multiple fruit, as in the fig.
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    • Figs (or, more properly, syconia) are hollow multiple receptacles lined with numerous male and female florets.
    • Earlier, at the flower stage, the syconium is the same shape but much smaller.
    • The caprifig, whose syconia are generally considered to be inedible, is the wild fig of Asia Minor.


mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sukon 'fig'.

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