caryopsis definition

  • noun:
    • See whole grain.
    • a form of fresh fruit when the fruit epidermis is caught to your seed layer; particularly the whole grain of a cereal.
    • A one-celled, dry, indehiscent fruit, with a thin membranous pericarp, adhering closely to the seed, to ensure that fruit and seed tend to be integrated in one human anatomy, developing an individual whole grain, as of wheat, barley, etc.
    • In botany, a small, one-seeded, dry, indehiscent good fresh fruit, when the slim seed-coat is adherent throughout towards extremely slim pericarp, such as grain and all various other cereal grains. In addition spelled cariopsis.
    • dry seed-like good fresh fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. grain, barley, Indian corn

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