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schizocarp

Line breaks: schizo|carp
Pronunciation: /ˈʃʌɪzə(ʊ)kɑːp
 
, ˈskɪts-/

Definition of schizocarp in English:

noun

Botany
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.

Origin

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

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