plural cypselae
: an achene developed from an inferior bicarpellary ovary fused with the calyx tube (as in the sunflower)

Word History


New Latin, from Greek kypselē hollow vessel, chest, box; akin to Greek kyphos bent, crooked

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“Cypsela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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