American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fleshy compound fruit composed either of the fruits of several flowers, as in the pineapple and mulberry, or of several carpels of a single flower, as in the magnolia and raspberry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: An aggregate fruit, like the blackberry, magnolia, custard-apple, etc.; also, a multiple fruit, like the fig, mulberry, partridge-berry, etc. See fruit, 4, and cuts under Anona, Magnolia, mulberry, and Phytelephas.
- n. Same as æthalium.
- n. botany A kind of aggregate fruit in which the ovaries cohere in a solid mass, with a slender receptacle, as in the magnolia.
- n. botany A similar multiple fruit, such as a mulberry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A kind of aggregate fruit in which the ovaries cohere in a solid mass, with a slender receptacle, as in the magnolia; also, a similar multiple fruit, as a mulberry.
- n. fruit consisting of many individual small fruits or drupes derived from separate ovaries within a common receptacle: e.g. blackberry; raspberry; pineapple.
- New Latin syncarpium. See syncarpous. (Wiktionary)
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“The pineapple fruit, called a syncarp, is actually over 100 developed ovaries fused together, each one from a separate flower”
“If a pineapple were to be cross-pollinated and develop seeds, there would be hundreds of tiny brown seeds in a single syncarp, with one seed for each individual fruit in the fused pineapple”
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