Definition of Caryopsis

1. Noun. Dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn.

Exact synonyms: Grain
Specialized synonyms: Amaranth, Barleycorn, Wheat Berry, Kernel, Rye
Generic synonyms: Seed



Definition of Caryopsis

1. n. A one-celled, dry, indehiscent fruit, with a thin membranous pericarp, adhering closely to the seed, so that fruit and seed are incorporated in one body, forming a single grain, as of wheat, barley, etc.

Definition of Caryopsis

1. Noun. A type of fruit in which the fruit skin is stuck to the seed coat; especially the grain of a cereal. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Caryopsis

1. [n -OPSES or -OPSIDES]

Medical Definition of Caryopsis

1. A dry, indehiscent, one-seeded fruit in which the seed coat is closely fused to the fruit wall (characteristic of grasses). (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Caryopsis

caryophyllaceous
caryophyllaceous plant
caryophyllene
caryophyllene cyclase
caryophyllenes
caryophylliid
caryophylliids
caryophyllin
caryophylloid dicot family
caryophylloid dicot genus
caryophyllous
caryophyllus
caryopilite
caryopses
caryopsides
caryopsis (current term)
caryotheca
caryotin
caryotins
casa
casaba
casaba melon
casabas
casal
casamino acid
casamino acids
casas
casava
casavas
casbah

Literary usage of Caryopsis

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

1. The Forest Flora of North-west and Central India: A Handbook of the by John Lindsay Stewart, Dietrich Brandis (1874)
"Lodicules none ; style filiform, undivided or 2-3-nd at the apex, base persistent ; embryo not conspicuous on the surface of the caryopsis 4. ..."

2. Botany of the United States North of Virginia: Comprising Descriptions of by Lewis Caleb Beck (1848)
"Glumes 2, compressed, unequal. Palese 2, unequal, longer than the glumes. Stamens 2—3. caryopsis loose, covered by the ..."

3. Gray's School and Field Book of Botany: Consisting of "Lessons in Botany by Asa Gray (1887)
"... or it may open by a circular line all round, the upper part falling off like a lid ; as in the Amaranth (Fig. 387). 363. A caryopsis, or Grain, ..."

4. The Indiana Weed Book by Willis Stanley Blatchley (1912)
"The caryopsis or grain is a dry indehiscent fruit in which the seed is firmly united with the wall of the ovary, so that both fruit and seed form one body, ..."

5. The Elements of Botany for Beginners and for Schools by Asa Gray (1887)
"... discharge the seed; or it may open by a circular line all round, the upper part falling off like a lid; as in the Amaranth (Fig. 387). 363, A caryopsis ..."

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