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n. Botany
The inner layer of the pericarp of a fruit, which can be soft, such as the pulp of an orange, or hard, such as the stone of a peach.

en′do·car′pal adj.


(Botany) the inner, usually woody, layer of the pericarp of a fruit, such as the stone of a peach or cherry
ˌendoˈcarpal, ˌendoˈcarpic adj


(ˈɛn dəˌkɑrp)

the inner layer of a pericarp, as the stone of certain fruits.
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Noun1.endocarp - the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed; "you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking"
pericarp, seed vessel - the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
peach pit - the stone seed of a peach
cherry stone - the stone seed of a cherry


[ˈendəkɑːp] Nendocarpio m
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The dehusked endocarps containing the seed are bought from village communities at 0.
are the endocarps of Iodes germanica from the Maastrichtian of Germany (Table 9) while the earliest vegetative structures seem to go back to the Late Albian with the fossil wood Icacinoxylon (Table 9).
The remains found are of four main kinds: carbonized or dry endocarps or seeds, phytoliths, pollen, and implements.
Thus seed mortality of the canopy palm Attalea butyracea (as Scheelea rostrata) is strongly affected by local topography in a Costa Rican forest (Janzen, 1971): only 1-6% of endocarps below adults in stream bottoms are attacked by bruchids, whereas [greater than]80% endocarps below adults just 15 m away and outside the stream bottom are infested (Janzen, 1971).
A morphological study of Nyssa endocarps from Eocene deposits in western Tennessee.
Botanical macro-remains at Cerro Colorado, (a) fruits of Sarcomphalus mistol; (b) endocarps of Sarcomphalus mistol; (c) fruits and endocarps of Lithraea molloides; (d) seeds and endocarps of Prosopis sp,; (e) endocarps of Schinus cf, areira; (f) endocarp of Geoffroea decorticans; (g) kernel of Zea mays; (h) cotyledon of Phaseolus sp,; (i) grain of Chenopodium quinoa var quinoa; (j) seed of Amaranthus sp, Scale bar (a-h)=10 mm, Scale bar (i-j)=2 mm,
Mexican plums are drupes of different shapes (oblong, round or oval), lengths (20-50 mm), masses (4-43 g) and colors (yellow, red, orange, purple), with thick fibrous endocarps and mesocarps of a palatable taste and flavor (LEON et al.
Morphological quality of fruits and endocarps of red nanche [Malpighia mexicana, Malpighiaceae)
Phytogeographic implications of fossil endocarps of Menispermaceae from the Palcocene of Colombia.
The dispersal distance of diaspores without vertebrate predation signals (partial or totally destroyed broken endocarps and consumed endosperm) was quantified from within 1 m of the experimental station center (Donatti et al.