One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally: †each of the seeds in a nuculanium (obsolete). Later: a small nut or nutlet; a section of a compound (usually hard) fruit; a nut borne in an involucre. Now rare.
2The female reproductive structure (oogonium) of a charophyte.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From French nucule from classical Latin nucula a small or young nut from nuc-, nux nut + -ula.
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