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Fruit; part of a fruit; fruitlike structure: mesocarp.
n combining form
(Botany) (in botany) fruit or a reproductive structure that develops into a particular part of the fruit: epicarp.
[from New Latin -carpium, from Greek -karpion, from karpos fruit]
1. to find fault; complain unreasonably; cavil.n.
2. a peevish complaint.
[1200–50; Middle English: to speak, prate < Old Norse karpa to brag, wrangle]
n., pl. (esp. collectively) carp, (esp. for kinds or species) carps.
1. a large freshwater cyprinid fish, Cyprinus carpio, native to Asia but widely cultivated as a food fish.
2. any of various other fishes of the family Cyprinidae.
[1350–1400; < Middle French < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German]
a combining form occurring in words that denote a part of a fruit or fruiting body: endocarp.
[< New Latin -carpium < Greek -karpion, derivative of karpós fruit]