One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a flower, fruit, or ovary) having the carpels united.Often contrasted with apocarpous
- ‘Since all the carpels came from a single compartmented gynoecium (compound pistil), the gynoecium is referred to as syncarpous.’
- ‘At anthesis, the ovary is completely septate; the syncarpous part (ovary and lower style) is completely symplicate.’
- ‘False septums may have been put in later on which could lead to the misapprehension of a syncarpous ovary at superficial examination.’
- ‘If ovaries are entirely fused together, gynaecium is syncarpous.’
- ‘Unfortunately their findings have been largely overlooked and most pomologists assume that apple flowers have an imperfectly syncarpous gynoecium.’
Mid 19th century: from syn- ‘together’ + Greek karpos ‘fruit’ + -ous.
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