cary·​op·​sis | \ ˌker-ē-ˈäp-səs How to pronounce caryopsis (audio) , ˌka-rē- \
plural caryopses\ ˌker-​ē-​ˈäp-​ˌsēz How to pronounce caryopses (audio) , ˌka-​rē-​ \ also caryopsides\ ˌker-​ē-​ˈäp-​sə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce caryopsides (audio) , 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 Web 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, "Is Corn a Grain, Vegetable, or Fruit? The Answer Is D, All of the Above," 7 Dec. 2018 No Strictly botanically speaking, grains describe caryopses (a.k.a. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Quinoa a Grain? 100% Yes, According to Nutritionists," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of caryopsis

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caryopsis

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“Caryopsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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