seed coat


Definition of seed coat

: an outer protective covering of a seed

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But in corn's case, each kernel is what's called a caryopsis, basically a type of dry fruit where the ovary wall and the seed coat are fused into one layer. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Corn a Grain, Vegetable, or Fruit? The Answer Is D, All of the Above," 7 Dec. 2018 Use fresh seed, and soak it overnight or nick each seed coat with a file to encourage germination. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 Stratification is a process used to start germination by simulating a natural requirement, such as soaking, fire, scuffing the seed coat, digestion, etc. Brett Mcnish, Smithsonian, "A Smithsonian Horticulturist Goes on a Quest for an Historic Seedling," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of seed coat

1776, in the meaning defined above

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