Noun Achene Definition and Examples


Noun:

Achene

Pronunciation:

/əˈkiːn/

Definition:
1.

noun

A small, dry one-seeded fruit that does not open to release the seed.
  1. 'Fruits of this species are glabrous achenes, with sepals modified into plumose bristles and are frequently wind-dispersed.'
  2. 'Thrips may also cause blemished seeds on achenes, and uneven maturity of fruit.'
((n.) Alt. of Achenium)


noun, Botany.

1. any small, dry, hard, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit.

Origin:
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin achaenium, derived irregularly from a- ‘not’ + Greek khainein ‘to gape’.

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