plural -s
: the stalk of a fruiting body in fungi
: the entire fruiting body (as in many mushrooms)
: 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)

Word History


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

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“Carpophore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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