Definitions

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  • adj. Hollow-seeded; having the ventral face of the seedlike carpels incurved at the ends, as in coriander seed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hollow-seeded; having the ventral face of the seedlike carpels incurved at the ends, as in coriander seed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having longitudinally curved seeds, or cœlosperms.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek hollow + seed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Umbelliferæ these differences are of such apparent importance -- the seeds being in some cases, according to Tausch, orthospermous in the exterior flowers and coelospermous in the central flowers, -- that the elder De

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. (2nd edition)

  • The seeds of Umbelliferae in the same relative positions are coelospermous and orthospermous.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • But in regard to the differences both in the internal and external structure of the seeds, which are not always correlated with any differences in the flowers, it seems impossible that they can be in any way advantageous to the plant: yet in the Umbelliferae these differences are of such apparent importance -- the seeds being in some cases, according to Tausch, orthospermous in the exterior flowers and coelospermous in the central flowers, -- that the elder De Candolle founded his main divisions of the order on analogous differences.

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

  • But in regard to the differences both in the internal and external structure of the seeds, which are not always correlated with any differences in the flowers, it seems impossible that they can be in any way advantageous to the plant: yet in the Umbelliferae these differences are of such apparent importance — the seeds being in some cases, according to Tausch, orthospermous in the exterior flowers and coelospermous in the central flowers, — that the elder De Candolle founded his main divisions of the order on analogous differences.

    On the Origin of Species~ Chapter 05 (historical)

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