Definition of cypsela in English:

cypsela

noun

Botany
  • A dry, single-seeded fruit formed from a double ovary, of which only one develops into a seed, as in the daisy family.

    • ‘Species are annuals, biennials or rhizomatous perennials and have dimorphic cypselae with the ray fruit lacking a well developed crown of bristles.’
    • ‘A typical cypsela is the fruit of a dandelion.’
    • ‘The cypsela of the perennial dandelion is classified as an anthocarp.’
    • ‘Viable cypselae of any aster or goldenrod from anywhere in the world is most welcomed by the lab.’

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek kupselē hollow vessel.

Pronunciation:

cypsela

/ˈsipsələ/