seed·​pod ˈsēd-ˌpäd How to pronounce seedpod (audio)
variants or seed pod
plural seedpods or seed pods
: an elongated dry fruit that develops from one or more carpels of a flower, splits open along a seam, and contains seeds that may be attached to the wall of the pod : pod entry 1 sense 1

Examples of seedpod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That explains the papery, peapod-like seedpods hanging from the redbud in my backyard. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 Carlos Alberto Llauce Baldera holds the green seedpod of a young algarrobo tree as if displaying a piece of fine jewelry. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2023 Sister Rosalynn Dzikonski, 90, worked on assembling the silver dollar ornaments, in which the delicate seedpods were glued together and the seedpod of a Chinese lantern was added to the middle. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2022 Make sure to pinch off the seedpod that’s forming behind the flower, not just the withered flower petals—and don't cut off new buds that haven’t opened yet! Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 2 Aug. 2021 When mature, the seedpods explode scattering seeds 3 feet away. oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2020 Removing the seedpods on large crape myrtles would not be practical. Calvin Finch,, 2 Aug. 2019 Small balls of gray catkin fluff blew on the wind, seedpods from poplars, which bloom all over Warsaw in the spring. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, 29 July 2019 The pretty white or yellowish flowers have a sweet scent and soon develop into 12-to-18-inch-long, hanging seedpods that take three months to mature. Nan Sterman,, 31 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seedpod was in 1640

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“Seedpod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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