Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An achene fruit derived from an inferior ovary, characteristic of plants in the composite family.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, an achene with an adnate calyx, as in the Compositœ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A one-seeded, one-celled, indehiscent fruit; an achene with the calyx tube adherent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany An achene formed from a double ovary, especially in plants of the family Compositae

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Greek kupselē, hollow vessel.]

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  • Railroad telegraphers' code for the phrase "in anticipation of a small crop". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 21, 2013