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noun as in nut

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Fruit a circumscissile 2-celled capsule, with one or more peltate seeds in each cell, or an achene.

Ovary 1-celled with a suspended ovule, becoming an achene; calyx none; aquatic herbs, with finely dissected whorled leaves.

Achene (commonly solitary) enclosed in the 4-angled dry and thickish closed calyx-tube.

Ovary with a single cell and ovule, tipped with a long laterally stigmatic style, maturing as an achene.

Achene obtusely triangular, partly 3-celled, enclosed in the indurated calyx.


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On this page you'll find 5 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to achene, such as: kernel, caryopsis, stone, and utricle.

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