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

  • noun The nutritive tissue within seeds of flowering plants, surrounding and absorbed by the embryo.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the albumen of the seed; the substance stored in the ovule or seed about the embryo for its early nourishment.

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

  • noun (Bot.) The albumen of a seed; -- limited by recent writers to that formed within the embryo sac.

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

  • noun biology tissue surrounding the embryo of flowering plant seeds, that provides nutrition to the developing embryo; usually triploid

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun nutritive tissue surrounding the embryo within seeds of flowering plants


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