ac·​ro·​car·​pous | \ ¦a-krə-¦kär-pəs \

Definition of acrocarpous

of a moss
: having the archegonia and hence the capsules terminal on the stem — compare pleurocarpous

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First Known Use of acrocarpous

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrocarpous

New Latin acrocarpus, from Greek akrokarpos bearing fruit at the top, from akr- acr- + -karpos -carpous

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“Acrocarpous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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