Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

micropyle

play
noun mi·cro·pyle \ˈmī-krə-ˌpī(-ə)l\

Definition of micropyle

  1. 1 :  a minute opening in the integument of an ovule of a seed plant

  2. 2 :  a differentiated area of surface in an egg through which a sperm enters

micropylar

play \ˌmī-krə-ˈpī-lər\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of micropyle

French, from micr- + Greek pylē gate


First Known Use: 1821


Medical Dictionary

micropyle

play
noun mi·cro·pyle \ˈmī-krə-ˌpīl\

Medical Definition of micropyle

  1. :  a differentiated area of surface in an egg through which a sperm enters

micropylar

\ˌmī-krə-ˈpī-lər\play adjective



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up micropyle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

looking or feeling very sad

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

dog-eating-apple

Which is a synonym of asperse?

placate divulge beat defame
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ