achene

[ ey-keen ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Mid 19th century; Latin

from modern Latin achaenium, derived irregularly from a- ‘not’ + Greek khainein ‘to gape’

Synonyms

  • kernel

Definition

a small, dry one-seeded fruit that does not open to release the seed

Example

The fruits of many plants in the buttercup family and the rose family are achenes.

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