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achene

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noun \ə-ˈkēn\

Definition of achene

  1. :  a small dry indehiscent one-seeded fruit (as of a sunflower) developing from a simple ovary and usually having a thin pericarp attached to the seed at only one point



Origin of achene

New Latin achaenium, from a- + Greek chainein to gape, yawn — more at yawn


First Known Use: 1855


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