Definitions for: Caryopsis


[n] dry seedlike fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn



Webster (1913) Definition: Car`y*op"sis, n.; pl. Caryopses. [NL., fr. gr. ?
hut, kernel + ? sight, form.] (Bot.)
A one-celled, dry, indehiscent fruit, with a thin membranous
pericarp, adhering closely to the seed, so that fruit and
seed are incorporated in one body, forming a single grain, as
of wheat, barley, etc.

Synonyms: grain

See Also: amaranth, barleycorn, kernel, rye, seed, wheat berry

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