cary·​op·​sis ˌker-ē-ˈäp-səs How to pronounce caryopsis (audio)
plural caryopses ˌker-ē-ˈäp-ˌsēz How to pronounce caryopsis (audio)
also caryopsides ˌker-ē-ˈäp-sə-ˌdēz How to pronounce caryopsis (audio)
: 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 Web In Italy, these included the starch-rich rhizomes from Typha angustifolia, or narrow leaf cat tail, Typha latifolia, broad leaf cattail, as well as Brachypodium, grasses that have caryopsis, or grains, and are easy to grind and grow well in the area. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2010 But 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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New Latin

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of caryopsis was in 1830

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“Caryopsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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