noun Botany.
the walls of a ripened ovary or fruit, sometimes consisting of three layers, the epicarp, mesocarp, and endocarp.
a membranous envelope around the cystocarp of red algae.

1750–60; < Neo-Latin pericarpium < Greek perikárpion pod. See peri-, -carp

pericarpial, pericarpic, adjective
pericarpoidal, adjective Unabridged
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pericarp (ˈpɛrɪˌkɑːp)
1.  the part of a fruit enclosing the seeds that develops from the wall of the ovary
2.  a layer of tissue around the reproductive bodies of some algae and fungi
[C18: via French from New Latin pericarpium]

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pericarp   (pěr'ĭ-kärp')  Pronunciation Key 
The tissue that arises from the ripened ovary wall of a fruit; the fruit wall. In fleshy fruits, the pericarp can often be divided into the exocarp, the mesocarp, and the endocarp. For example, in a peach, the skin is the exocarp, the yellow flesh is the mesocarp, while the stone or pit surrounding the seed represents the endocarp.
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Example sentences
It was found that on the surface of longan pericarp were many natural openings and cracking of the cuticle.
The tip cap is the only area of the kernel not covered by the pericarp.
Histochemical reactions in the pericarp and aleurone layer suggested the presence of phenolic acids.
Whole pericarp tissues will be used for comparison and distinction of epidermal versus inner pericarp activities.
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