American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The fleshy multiple fruit of the fig, consisting primarily of the enlarged, hollow, globose floral receptacle open at the apex and containing numerous fruitlets.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a fleshy hollow receptacle, containing numerous flowers which develop together into a multiple fruit, as in the fig. Also called hypanthodium.
- n. botany A collective fleshy fruit, in which the ovaries are hidden within a hollow receptacle, as in the fig; a hollow ball with a stalk at one end and an opening (ostiole) at the other, with flowers or fruits on the inside.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A collective fleshy fruit, in which the ovaries are hidden within a hollow receptacle, as in the fig.
- n. the fleshy multiple fruit of the fig consisting of an enlarged hollow receptacle containing numerous fruitlets
- Ancient Greek σύκον ("fig"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin sȳcōnium, from Greek sūkon, fig. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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