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

  • n. Botany The wall of a ripened ovary; fruit wall.
  • n. A membranous structure surrounding the cystocarp of red algae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The outermost layer, or skin, of a ripe fruit or ovary.
  • n. used figuratively

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ripened ovary; the walls of the fruit. See Illusts. of capsule, drupe, and legume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In flowering plants, the seed-vessel or ripened ovary.

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

  • n. the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary

Etymologies

French péricarpe, from Latin pericarpium, from Ancient Greek περικάρπιον (perikarpion, "pod, husk, shell"), from περί (peri, "around") + καρπός (karpos, "fruit"). (Wiktionary)

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