Definition of perisperm in English:


Line breaks: peri|sperm
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛrɪspəːm


  • (In some seeds) a mass of nutritive material outside the embryo sac.
    More example sentences
    • In cucumber, muskmelon, and other seeds, a thin perisperm-endosperm envelope completely encloses the embryo.
    • Scarification was accomplished by piercing the seed coat and scraping a small portion of the perisperm with a sterile dissecting needle.
    • The perisperm is present in abundance.


early 19th century: from peri- 'around' + Greek sperma 'seed'.

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