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akene

[ey-keen, uh-keen] /eɪˈkin, əˈkin/
noun
1.

achene

or akene

[ey-keen, uh-keen] /eɪˈkin, əˈkin/
noun, Botany
1.
any small, dry, hard, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit.
Origin of achene
1835-1845
1835-45; < New Latin achaenium, equivalent to a- a-6 + Greek chain- (stem of chaínein to gape) + Latin -ium -ium
Related forms
achenial
[ey-kee-nee-uh l, uh-kee-] /eɪˈki ni əl, əˈki-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Historical Examples
  • The fruit of Composit (though not of a single carpel) is also an akene.

  • akene of Virgin's-bower, retaining the feathered style, which aids in dissemination.

  • It is what the botanists call an akene, which simply means just one seed with a tight envelope about it.

British Dictionary definitions for akene

akene

/əˈkiːn/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of achene

achene

/əˈkiːn/
noun
1.
a dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall. It may be smooth, as in the buttercup, or feathery, as in clematis
Derived Forms
achenial, akenial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin achaenium that which does not yawn or open, from a-1 + Greek khainein to yawn
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akene in Science
achene also akene
  (ā-kēn')   
A small, dry, one-seeded fruit in which the seed sits free inside the hollow fruit, attached only by the stem of the ovule. Achenes are indehiscent (they do not split open when ripe). The fruits of the sunflower and elm are achenes.
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