Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a capsule with two or more lobes and as many one-seeded, two-valved cells, which separate at maturity, splitting elastically from the persistent axis (carpophore), as in Euphorbia and Geranium. It is one form of schizocarp.
- n. botany A kind of dry fruit, consisting of three or more cells, each of which eventually breaks open at the inner angle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A kind of dry fruit, consisting of three or more cells, each which at length breaks open at the inner angle.
- From Ancient Greek ῥῆγμα (rhēgma, "breaking, fracture"). (Wiktionary)
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