pericarp definition

  • noun:
    • Botany The wall surface of a ripened ovary; fruit wall.
    • A membranous structure surrounding the cystocarp of red algae.
    • The outermost layer, or skin, of a ripe good fresh fruit or ovary.
    • utilized figuratively
    • The ripened ovary; the wall space of fruit. See Illusts. of capsule, drupe, and legume.
    • In flowering plants, the seed-vessel or ripened ovary.
    • the ripened and variously altered wall space of a plant ovary

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