exocarp

[ek-soh-kahrp]
noun Botany.

Origin:
1835–45; exo- + -carp

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epicarp or exocarp (ˈɛpɪˌkɑːp)
 
n
the outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits: forms the skin of a peach or grape
 
[C19: from French épicarpe, from epi- + Greek karpos fruit]
 
exocarp or exocarp
 
n
 
[C19: from French épicarpe, from epi- + Greek karpos fruit]

exocarp (ˈɛksəʊˌkɑːp)
 
n
another name for epicarp

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The outermost layer of the pericarp. In a fleshy drupe such as a peach, the skin constitutes the exocarp. Also called epicarp. Compare endocarp, mesocarp.

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The fruit is a complex structure consisting of many seeded berries or arils enclosed by a leathery exocarp or husk.
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