pericarp

noun
peri·​carp | \ ˈper-ə-ˌkärp How to pronounce pericarp (audio) \
plural pericarps

Definition of pericarp

: the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary composed of an outer exocarp, middle mesocarp, and inner endocarp layer — see endocarp illustration

Examples of pericarp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And of the proteins in the sample, 13 are found only in einkorn’s genus, mostly in the inner contents and the outer layer, or pericarp, of the seeds. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of pericarp

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pericarp

New Latin pericarpium, from Greek perikarpion pod, from peri- + -karpion -carp

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“Pericarp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pericarp. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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