seed coat

noun

Definition of seed coat

: an outer protective covering of a seed

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Harvest lettuce seed when the seed coat turns hard and dark in color. oregonlive, "How to save seed from the garden for planting next year," 17 Sep. 2019 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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1776, in the meaning defined above

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