One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a moss: bearing archegonia or capsules at the end or top of the primary axis; terminal-fruited.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Annals and Magazine of Natural History. From acro- + -carpous, after scientific Latin Acrocarpi, plural noun from Hellenistic Greek ἀκρόκαρπος fruiting at the top (Theophrastus).
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