Definition of schizocarp in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃʌɪzə(ʊ)kɑːp/
Pronunciation: /ˈskɪtsʌɪzə(ʊ)kɑːp/


A dry fruit that splits into single-seeded parts when ripe.
Example sentences
  • The fruit is a schizocarp, breaking at maturity into three single-seeded units, each about 2 mm long, consisting of a seed within a carpel.
  • The fruit of G. sylvaticum is a schizocarp with five locules, each containing two ovules.


19th century: from schizo- + Greek karpos 'fruit'.

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