from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The hard inner layer of the pericarp of many fruits, such as the pit or stone of a cherry, peach, or olive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The woody inner layer of the pericarp of some fruits that contains the seed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The inner layer of a ripened or fructified ovary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the inner wall of a pericarp which consists of two dissimilar layers.
- n. It may be hard and stony as in the plum and peach, membranous as in the apple, or fleshy as in the orange. The endocarp or stone, the epicarp or outer skin, and the mesocarp or fleshy part of a peach are shown in the cut.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
endo- + Ancient Greek καρπός ("fruit"). (Wiktionary)