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caryopsis

[kar-ee-op-sis] /ˌkær iˈɒp sɪs/
noun, plural caryopses
[kar-ee-op-seez] /ˌkær iˈɒp siz/ (Show IPA),
caryopsides
[kar-ee-op-si-deez] /ˌkær iˈɒp sɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
Botany
1.
a small, one-celled, one-seeded, dry indehiscent fruit with the pericarp adherent to the seed coat, the typical fruit of grasses and grains.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; cary(o)- + -opsis
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caryopsis

/ˌkærɪˈɒpsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz), -sides (-sɪˌdiːz)
1.
a dry seedlike fruit having the pericarp fused to the seed coat of the single seed: produced by the grasses
Word Origin
C19: New Latin; see karyo-, -opsis
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caryopsis
  (kār'ē-ŏp'sĭs)   
Plural caryopses (kār'ē-ŏp'sēz') or caryopsides (kār'ē-ŏp'sĭ-dēz')
A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united. Also called grain.
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Encyclopedia Article for caryopsis'

caryopsis

specialized type of dry, one-seeded fruit (achene) characteristic of grasses, in which the ovary wall is united with the seed coat, making it difficult to separate the two except by special milling processes. All the cereal grains except buckwheat have caryopses.

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