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  • n. fleshy structure rich in lipids attached to the seeds of many plant species

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek ἔλαιον (élaion, "olive oil") + σόμα (sóma, "body").

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  • Not to be confused with an aril.

    May 19, 2010

  • A fleshy structure on some seeds that attracts ants. (See myrmecochory).

    August 30, 2008