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epicarp

[ep-i-kahrp] /ˈɛp ɪˌkɑrp/
noun, Botany
1.
the outermost layer of a pericarp, as the rind or peel of certain fruits.
Origin of epicarp
1825-1835
1825-35; epi- + -carp
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  • The cells of the epicarp are broad and polygonal, sometimes regularly four-sided, about 15–35 µ broad.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • At intervals along the surface of the epicarp are stomata, or breathing pores, surrounded by guard cells.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • Mooden Sheriff ascribes its emetic properties to the pulp alone, the epicarp and seeds being inactive according to his authority.

British Dictionary definitions for epicarp

epicarp

/ˈɛpɪˌkɑːp/
noun
1.
the outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits: forms the skin of a peach or grape
Word Origin
C19: from French épicarpe, from epi- + Greek karpos fruit
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epicarp in Science
epicarp
  (ěp'ĭ-kärp')   
See exocarp.
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