seed coat

noun

Definition of seed coat

: an outer protective covering of a seed

Examples of seed coat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harvest lettuce seed when the seed coat turns hard and dark in color. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 Harvest lettuce seed when the seed coat turns hard and dark in color. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 Harvest lettuce seed when the seed coat turns hard and dark in color. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 The team found that, as with the outer seed coat in modern angiosperm seeds, the cupule tissue curved around the developing seeds. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 Angiosperms evolved from gymnosperms, but how carpels and the second seed coat arose has been a big mystery. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 Seeds, too, lie dormant, each containing a tiny plant embryo protected by a sturdy seed coat. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 26 Dec. 2020 Beautyberry, duh Some tree seeds also have an impervious seed coat that keeps the young seed from absorbing water — another germination-delaying mechanism. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 1 Nov. 2019 Typically, those hard seed coats are broken down over time in the soil by microorganisms. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of seed coat

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seed coat was in 1776

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“Seed coat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed%20coat. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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