/kar'ee op"sis/ n., pl. caryopses /-seez/, caryopsides /-si deez'/. Bot.
a small, one-celled, one-seeded, dry indehiscent fruit with the pericarp adherent to the seed coat, the typical fruit of grasses and grains.
[1820-30; CARY(O)- + -OPSIS]

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also called  grain 

      specialized type of dry, one-seeded fruit (achene) characteristic of grasses, in which the ovary wall is united with the seed coat, making it difficult to separate the two except by special milling processes. All the cereal grains except buckwheat have caryopses.

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  • caryopsis — noun (plural caryopses; also caryopsides) Etymology: New Latin Date: 1830 a small one seeded dry indehiscent fruit (as of Indian corn or wheat) in which the fruit and seed fuse in a single grain …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • caryopsis — [ˌkarɪ ɒpsɪs] noun (plural caryopses si:z) Botany a dry one seeded fruit in which the ovary wall is united with the seed coat, typical of grasses and cereals. Origin C19: from mod. L., from Gk karuon nut + opsis appearance …   English new terms dictionary

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