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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


(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.
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Noun1.carpophore - a slender stalk that furnishes an axis for a carpel
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
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Up to 80,000 spectators at a time would throng to the Colosseum to see greats such as Carpophores -- who reportedly defeated a bear, lion, leopard and rhinoceros in one battle -- or cheer on sea battles held in the flooded arena.
Aspicarpa steinmannii is immediately shown to belong in the Aspicarpa/ Gaudichaudia complex by the following characters: leaves eglandular except for the tiny tail-like marginal outgrowths near the base of the lamina of some leaves; stamens five, opposite sepals; gynoecium with a single style, the stigma terminal and capitate; samaras with well-developed lateral wings; each samara attached to the receptacle by a cartilaginous carpophore. The fact that the mericarps are winged and borne on carpophores is the sole basis one could find for assigning the species to Gaudichaudia rather than Aspicarpa.
By contrast, Myodocarpus has dry, schizocarpic fruits with free carpophores, reminiscent of many Apioideae.