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n. pl. car·y·op·ses (-ŏp′sēz′) or car·y·op·si·des (-ŏp′sĭ-dēz′)
See grain.

[cary(o)-, variant of karyo- + -opsis.]


n, pl -ses (-siːz) or -sides (-sɪˌdiːz)
(Botany) a dry seedlike fruit having the pericarp fused to the seed coat of the single seed: produced by the grasses
[C19: New Latin; see karyo-, -opsis]


(ˌkær iˈɒp sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-sēz), -si•des (-sɪˌdiz)
a small, one-celled, one-seeded, dry indehiscent fruit with the pericarp fused to the seed coat: the typical fruit of grasses and grains.
[1820–30; < New Latin; see caryo-, -opsis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caryopsis - dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corncaryopsis - dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
amaranth - seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
barleycorn - a grain of barley
wheat berry - a grain of wheat
kernel - a single whole grain of a cereal; "a kernel of corn"
rye - the seed of the cereal grass
seed - a small hard fruit
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However, barley (Hordeum vulgare), oat (Avena sativa), rye (Secale cereale), and wheat (Triticum aestivum) are present in the samples as caryopses in very small quantities.
Handbook on the Morphology of Common Grasses: Identification and Characterization of Caryopses and Seedlings
Re-translocation of photo-assimilates is a vigorous phenomenon involving movement of deposited assimilates from stalks and other parts of plants to caryopses (Zhang et al.
In the light of the results obtained wheat caryopses have well supported conservation of one to two years.
2008) reported that seed priming with Zn sulphate increased the germination and emergence of maize caryopses both under laboratory and field condition.
Moreover, spikelets and caryopses were collected and kept without lemma and palea, in paper bags at room temperature until culture.
TDZ-induced somatic embryogenesis in non-responsive caryopses of rice using a short treatment with 2,4-D.
Furthermore, Burkart (1969), who reported this species additionally for Entre Rios Province, reported the absence of records for caryopses formation of this species in Argentina.
Content of phenolic acids in rye caryopses determined using DAD-HPLC method.