endosperm

noun
en·​do·​sperm | \ ˈen-dō-ˌspərm How to pronounce endosperm (audio) \

Definition of endosperm

: a nutritive tissue in seed plants formed within the embryo sac by division of the endosperm nucleus

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Recent Examples on the Web This breaks up the endosperm and makes the corn easier to digest, reduces the mycotoxins, and adds a lot of benefits than what a traditional tortilla from the grocery store would offer. Pooja Krishna, Dallas News, "Get your purple food fix: Ube butter, Kenyan tea, and fresh corn tortillas," 23 Nov. 2020 Cranes do not feed on seedlings, but rather the planted seeds, which are vulnerable until the endosperm is fully metabolized by the plant. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sandhill crane population and management issues on tap for NRB meeting," 20 June 2020 Best Used For: Pancakes, biscuits, and scones Whole Wheat Flour During the milling process, a kernel of wheat is separated into its three components: the endosperm, the germ, and the bran. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "10 Different Flour Types to Use in Your Baking," 4 Feb. 2020 Whole grains are made of three main components: the bran and the germ, which are the most nutritious parts, as well as the endosperm. Sophie Egan, New York Times, "What Should I Look for When Buying Whole Grains?," 16 Mar. 2020 Like pretty much everything in the Fast/Furious franchise, this scenario is the result of a kernel of truth exploding into an inverted corn endosperm of hard-to-believe size and impossible-to-resist butteriness. Alex Davies, WIRED, "A Novelist Takes Self-Driving to Its Illogical Conclusion," 27 Aug. 2019 The endosperm contains starchy carbs, with only a little bit of nutrient content. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "A primer on whole grains: What they are, why they’re important and how to find them," 19 Aug. 2019 In their whole, natural form, grain seeds, or kernels, consist of three parts: the bran (the tough outer layer), the germ (the tiny, nutrient-dense core), and the endosperm (the largest, starchy part) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Exactly Are Refined Carbs?," 18 May 2019 Orchid seeds lack the starchy endosperm that helps to feed the new sprouts of many other types of plants. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "A Mystery of Hiding Orchids, Solved," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of endosperm

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for endosperm

French endosperme, from end- + Greek sperma seed — more at sperm

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“Endosperm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endosperm. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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