One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The part of a fruit formed from the wall of the ripened ovary.
skin, peel, covering, zestView synonyms
- ‘Prior to seed germination, the pericarp of a dispersed fruit opens to form a small slit near the stylar end.’
- ‘Fruits had the pericarps removed and the seeds were stratified.’
- ‘The enzyme indeed increases during ripening, and is concentrated in the skin and outer pericarp of the fruit.’
- ‘All enzyme assays were performed with naked seeds, i.e. seeds from which the pericarp was removed.’
- ‘Mature fruits were collected manually from the ground and the fibrous pericarps were removed using a mechanical dehusker immediately following harvest.’
Late 17th century: from French péricarpe, from Greek perikarpion ‘pod, shell’, from peri- ‘around’ + karpos ‘fruit’.
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