pappus


pap·pus

noun \ˈpa-pəs\
plural pap·pi \ˈpa-ˌpī, -ˌpē\

Definition of PAPPUS

:  an appendage or tuft of appendages that crowns the ovary or fruit in various seed plants and functions in dispersal of the fruit

Origin of PAPPUS

Latin, from Greek pappos
First Known Use: circa 1704

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

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