One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dry fruit that splits into single-seeded parts when ripe.
- ‘The fruit is a schizocarp, breaking at maturity into three single-seeded units, each about 2 mm long, consisting of a seed within a carpel.’
- ‘The fruit of G. sylvaticum is a schizocarp with five locules, each containing two ovules.’
19th century: from schizo- + Greek karpos ‘fruit’.
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