endocarp

noun
en·​do·​carp | \ ˈen-də-ˌkärp How to pronounce endocarp (audio) \

Definition of endocarp

: the inner layer of the pericarp of a fruit (such as an apple or orange) when it consists of two or more layers of different texture or consistency

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endocarp (cross section of a cherry): 1 exocarp, 2 mesocarp, 3 endocarp, 4 seed; 1, 2, and 3 together form the pericarp

First Known Use of endocarp

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for endocarp

French endocarpe

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“Endocarp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endocarp. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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