accessory fruit


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accessory fruit

n.
A fruit, such as the pear or strawberry, that develops from a ripened ovary or ovaries but includes a significant portion derived from nonovarian tissue. Also called pseudocarp.
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accessory fruit

n
(Botany) another name for pseudocarp
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acces′sory fruit`


n.
a fruit, as the apple, strawberry, or pineapple, that contains, in addition to a mature ovary and seeds, a significant amount of other tissue. Also called pseudocarp.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.accessory fruit - fruit containing much fleshy tissue besides that of the ripened ovaryaccessory fruit - fruit containing much fleshy tissue besides that of the ripened ovary; as apple or strawberry
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
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Subsequent to each manipulation, I tied a thread (colored according to treatment) loosely around the lower part of the perianth, which would eventually develop into the accessory fruit. This thread served to identify the fruit resulting from the manipulated flower while allowing me to avoid modifying the surrounding flowers in the umbel.