Definition of gymnocarpous
: having the hymenium open or exposed on the surface of the thallus or fruiting body —used of lichens and fungi — compare angiocarpous 2
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Origin and Etymology of gymnocarpous
gymnocarpous from Greek gymnokarpos, from gymn- + -karpos -carpous; gymnocarpic from gymn- + carp- + -ic
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