One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dry single-seeded fruit formed from a double ovary of which only one develops into a seed, as in the daisy family.
- ‘Viable cypselae of any aster or goldenrod from anywhere in the world is most welcomed by the lab.’
- ‘Species are annuals, biennials or rhizomatous perennials and have dimorphic cypselae with the ray fruit lacking a well developed crown of bristles.’
- ‘The cypsela of the perennial dandelion is classified as an anthocarp.’
- ‘A typical cypsela is the fruit of a dandelion.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek kupselē ‘hollow vessel’.
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