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A slender stalk that supports each half of a dehisced fruit in many members of the parsley family.
1. (Botany) the central column surrounded by carpels in such flowers as the geranium
2. (Botany) a spore-bearing structure in some of the higher fungi
car•po•phore(ˈkɑr pəˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr)
1. a prolongation of the floral axis that bears the carpels, as in plants of the parsley family.
2. the fruiting body of the higher fungi.