One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in a flower) an elongated axis that raises the stem of the pistil above the stamens.
- ‘Analyses of the ripeness degree of S. sapinea carpophores collected in April, May, June, July and October in the Prklog and Marina plantations showed that they were ripe in all these months.’
- ‘For this reason, new cultures were obtained from carpophores collected in several geographical regions of Santa Catarina State.’
- ‘The cap colour of L. albostipitatum is generally vivid orange and changes to a dull light brown in dried carpophores.’
- ‘The part of the fungus seen on the flag represents its fruiting body (carpophore), but its dangerous part lies underground.’
- ‘In effect, sudden temperature changes, which give rise to sudden changes of humidity in the environment, cause deformation of the mushrooms from the time they are carpophores.’
- 1.1 (in a fungus) the stem of the fruiting body.
Late 19th century: from Greek karpos ‘fruit’ + -phore.
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