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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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For rice, foxtail millet and vetch these were calculated on the basis of presence of caryopsis or cotyledon.
Because practitioners in the sciences need precision when speaking or writing formally, the botanical term of choice for both true seeds as well as those carrying extra parts is disseminule, a catchall term that covers all variations of reproductive packages, botanically known by terms such as aril, achene, capsule, caryopsis, nut, drupe, and true seed (Figure 4).
Drained the caryopsis were immersed in a solution of commercial bleach diluted to twice for 20 minutes under a laminar flow hood, with vigorous stirring, followed by five successive rinses in sterile distilled water.
The eleven chapters published carry titles: Overview and prospects of rice production; Rice plant growth and development; Genetics and breeding; Rice culture; Rice diseases; Insect pests of rice; Insect pests of stored rice; Weed management; Harvest, drying and storage of rough rice; Milling; and Properties of the rice caryopsis.