Definition of Achene

1. Noun. Small dry indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall.

Specialized synonyms: Key, Key Fruit, Samara
Generic synonyms: Fruit
Derivative terms: Achenial



Definition of Achene

1. n. A small, dry, indehiscent fruit, containing a single seed, as in the buttercup; -- called a naked seed by the earlier botanists.

Definition of Achene

1. Noun. (botany) A small, dry, indehiscent fruit, containing a single seed, as in the buttercup; -- called a ''naked seed'' by the earlier botanists ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Achene

1. a type of fruit [n -S] : ACHENIAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Achene

1. A dry, closed (indehiscent) fruit which contains a single seed. (06 May 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Achene

acheful
achefully
acheilous
acheiropoieta
acheiropoietic
acheiropoieton
acheirous
achelate
acheless
achelike
achelor
achelors
achene (current term)
achenes
achenia
achenial
achenium
acheniums
acher
acheron
acherontic
achers
aches
acheth
achiasmatic
achier
achiest

Literary usage of Achene

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1913)
"Base of the style persistent on the summit of the achene, forming a terminal ... achene pale brown. Spikelet ovoid or oblong. Tubercle about as broad as the ..."

2. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa ( Gray, Merritt Lyndon Fernald, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1908)
"... with a broad scarious whitish margin ; stamens 3 ; achene ... tapering to a long recurved point ; stamen 1 ; achene oblong-obovate, obtuse. ..."

3. A Contribution to Our Knowledge of Seedlings by John Lubbock (1892)
"achene obovate, winged, wings nearly entire or oftener more or less cut into ... B, transverse section of achene, x 14. Seed conforming in outline to the ..."

4. Handbook of Practical Botany for the Botanical Laboratory and Private Student by Eduard Strasburger (1887)
"Each individual ripe carpel [achene] is strongly flattened [laterally], somewhat thicker above, obovate in profile, with a median dorsal groove. ..."

5. The Indiana Weed Book by Willis Stanley Blatchley (1912)
"the achene always has two scars, one at the base showing where it was joined to the ... The utricle is an achene with a thin loose outer covering, ..."

6. Manual of the Flora of Jackson County, Missouri by Kenneth Kent Mackenzie, Benjamin Franklin Bush (1902)
"Calyx 4-parted. Plants prostrate. Plants erect or ascending. Leaves oblong or oval. Leaves lanceolate to linear. II. achene twice the length of the calyx. ..."

7. A Flora of Western Middle California by Willis Linn; Jepson (1901)
"... those of the ray scarcely angled; pappus brownish, the palese 10 or 11, subulate, ij times a's long as the achene; corolla-lobes of disk-flowers ..."

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