One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The outer layer of the pericarp of a fruit.
skin, peel, covering, zestView synonyms
- ‘Both have fruits that are defined as pyrenes - having one or two seeds enclosed in indurate endocarp and surrounded by fleshy exocarp.’
- ‘The fruit is a one-seeded drupe consisting of a fleshy exocarp and mesocarp and a hard endocarp that is united with the seed coat.’
- ‘The outside husk or exocarp is smooth and very tough, green to reddish brown becoming grey as the fruit matures.’
- ‘At maturity, after drying down and the shrinkage of the unthickened exocarp these traces were prominent on the surface of the pod in Apex, giving it the ‘ribbed’ appearance described above.’
- ‘The mechanical performance of the exocarp including the cuticle, the epidermis, and a variable number of hypodermal cell layers, is of considerable economic significance for the integrity of the whole fruit.’
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