carpophore

noun
car·​po·​phore
plural -s

Definition of carpophore

1a : the stalk of a fruiting body in fungi
b : the entire fruiting body (as in many mushrooms)
2 : a slender often forked prolongation of a receptacle or pistil or both which develops as the fruit ripens and from which the ripened carpels are suspended (as in members of the genus Geranium and in the Umbelliferae)

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History and Etymology for carpophore

probably from New Latin carpophorum, from carp- entry 1 + -phorum -phore

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“Carpophore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpophore. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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