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

Illustration of endocarp

Illustration of endocarp
  • 1 exocarp
  • 2 mesocarp
  • 3 endocarp
  • 4 seed; 1 2 3 together form the pericarp

Examples of endocarp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The basic mechanism involves the smooth projectile seed and the hard structure that encases it, called the endocarp. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2023 Those with heavier seeds also have larger endocarps that can store more elastic potential energy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History


French endocarpe

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of endocarp was in 1830

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“Endocarp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endocarp. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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