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aril

[ar-il] /ˈær ɪl/
noun, Botany
1.
a usually fleshy appendage or covering of certain seeds, as of the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, or the nutmeg.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Neo-Latin arillus; Medieval Latin: grape seed, probably erroneously for armillus, with same sense; compare Upper Italian dialect armella, arma kernel, pit of a fruit, Italian animella edible insides of an animal < Latin anima literally, spirit (hence, the insides of a thing), with -illa diminutive suffix; see anima
Related forms
arilloid, adjective
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  • Some conifers, such as yews, have fruits enclosed in a fleshy aril.
British Dictionary definitions for aril

aril

/ˈærɪl/
noun
1.
an appendage on certain seeds, such as those of the yew and nutmeg, developed from or near the funicle of the ovule and often brightly coloured and fleshy
Derived Forms
arillate, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin arillus, from Medieval Latin arilli raisins, pips of grapes
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Word Origin and History for aril
n.

"accessory covering of seeds," 1794, from Modern Latin arillus, from Medieval Latin arilli, Spanish arillos "dried grapes, raisins."

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aril in Science
aril
  (ār'əl)   
A fleshy seed cover which arises from the funiculus (the stalk of the ovule). Arils, such the red berry-like arils of the yew, are often brightly colored to attract animals who eat them and disperse the seeds. The spice mace is the aril of the nutmeg seed.
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