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A dry one-seeded fruit in which the ovary wall is united with the seed coat, typical of grasses and cereals.
- ‘Immature caryopses were collected, surface-sterilized and rinsed twice with sterile distilled water.’
- ‘Maize caryopses were immersed in tap water and then allowed to germinate in Petri dishes on moist filter paper in the dark at 26°C.’
- ‘They grew from caryopses collected from populations submitted for more than 40 years to chronic irradiation with variable dose rates.’
- ‘Surface-sterilized caryopses were germinated on moist filter paper in Petri dishes on 13 September 1996.’
Early 19th century: from modern Latin, from Greek karuon ‘nut’ + opsis ‘appearance’.
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