achene

noun
\ ə-ˈkēn How to pronounce achene (audio) \

Definition of achene

: 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

Examples of achene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of the seeds (achenes) on the outside of a berry. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 27 June 2019 Think of the seeds (achenes) on the outside of a berry. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of achene

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for achene

borrowed from French achène, akène, borrowed from New Latin achena, from a- a- entry 2 + -chena, feminine noun derivative from the stem of Greek chaínein "to yawn, gape" — more at yawn entry 1

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Cite this Entry

“Achene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/achene. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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