from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The fruit of fennel, carrot, parsnip, etc., consisting of a pair of carpels pendent from a supporting axis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The peculiar fruit of fennel, carrot, parsnip, and the like, consisting of a pair of carpels pendent from a supporting axis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fruit, as that of the Umbelliferæ, consisting of two or more indehiscent, inferior, one-seeded carpels, separating at maturity from each other and from the slender axis. Also called carpadelium.
Ancient Greek, meaning "hanging fruit". (Wiktionary)
The officinal part of the plant is the fruit, which consists of two united carpels, called a cremocarp.