plural caryopses\ˌker-ē-ˈäp-ˌsēz , ˌka-rē- \ also caryopsides\ˌker-ē-ˈäp-sə-ˌdēz , ˌka-rē- \
Definition of caryopsis
: a small one-seeded dry indehiscent fruit (as of corn or wheat) in which the fruit and seed fuse in a single grain
Examples of caryopsis in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebBut in corn's case, each kernel is what's called a caryopsis, basically a type of dry fruit where the ovary wall and the seed coat are fused into one layer.
Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 7 Dec. 2018 No Strictly botanically speaking, grains describe caryopses (a.k.a.
Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 10 Dec. 2018
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