achene

noun \ ə-ˈkēn \

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

Origin and Etymology of achene

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


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