Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany The outermost layer of the fruit wall. Also called epicarp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits; the skin or epicarp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The outer portion of a fruit, as the flesh of a peach or the rind of an orange. See Illust. of drupe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the outer layer of a pericarp when it consists of two dissimilar layers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits as the skin of a peach or grape

Etymologies

exo- + Ancient Greek καρπός ("fruit"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The outer layer of the cashew is called the exocarp, and the thick inner layer is the endocarp.

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  • The outer layer of the cashew, a dry drupe, is called the exocarp, and the thick inner layer is the endocarp.

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  • It consists of a thin, pliable exocarp, an orange/red pulpy mesocarp and a hard nut containing a single kernel.

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  • There is very clear evidence that the outermost layer of the earth's crust is but a thin shell like the outer shuck or exocarp of a butternut, so thin that it is not at all possible that it can sustain itself for more than a hundred miles or so, or for more than a very few years at the outside.

    Popular Science Monthly Oct, Nov, Dec, 1915 — Volume 86

  • First, the inner kernel of gas; second, the hard shell or endocarp; third, a viscous layer like the sarcocarp or pulp, and outside of all the wrinkled crust of exocarp.

    Popular Science Monthly Oct, Nov, Dec, 1915 — Volume 86

  • There is very clear evidence that the outermost layer of the earth's crust is but a thin shell like the outer shuck or exocarp of a butternut (see Fig. 1), so thin that it is not at all possible that it can sustain itself for more than a hundred miles or so, or for more than a very few years at the outside.

    The Scientific Monthly, October-December 1915

  • The transcription factor expression of peach genes homologous to known endocarp determinant genes in Arabidopsis including SHATTERPROOF, SEEDSTCK and NAC SECONDARY WALL THICENING PROMOTING FACTOR 1 were found to be specifically expressed in the endocarp while the negative regulator FRUITFUL predominated in exocarp and mesocarp.

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  • The subsurface chemistry of the mangosteen exocarp comprises an array of polyphenolic acids including xanthones and

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  • During this period, the fruit increases in size until its exocarp is 68 centimeters in outside diameter, remaining hard until a final, abrupt ripening stage.

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  • As the fruit enlarges over the next two to three months, the exocarp color deepens to darker green.

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