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cutaway of a peach


 (mĕz′ə-kärp′, mĕs′-)
The middle, usually fleshy layer of a fruit wall.

mes′o·car′pal adj.
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(Botany) the middle layer of the pericarp of a fruit, such as the flesh of a peach
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(ˈmɛz əˌkɑrp, ˈmɛs-, ˈmi zə-, -sə-)

the middle layer of pericarp, as the fleshy part of certain fruits.
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Noun1.mesocarp - the middle layer of a pericarpmesocarp - the middle layer of a pericarp  
pericarp, seed vessel - the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
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Mesocarps are then detached from the fruit nuts, ground and pressed to release crude palm oil.
Some of them have been screened for bioactivity of crude extract, but only few studies report on Nypa fruticans seed mesocarps. N.
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., 1990; MALDONADO-ASTuDILLO et al., 2014).
The watermelons were sliced with rinds and seeds eliminated, afterwards the fleshy mesocarps, which is the edible portion of the fruit, were analyzed for total soluble solids, pH, total sugar, vitamin C and lycopene.
Agricultural products are classified into oil-seeds (cotton, castor, sunflower, etc), nuts (coconut, groundnut, chestnut, etc) and mesocarps or fruits (oil palm).
The seeds were extracted from the bulb and dried to a constant weight after which the mesocarps were removed by dehulling.
Fleshy or fibrous, lipid-rich mesocarps of small to medium-sized palm fruits are attractive to birds (Snow & Snow, 1978; Tannenbaum & Wrege, 1978; Moraes, 1991; Buhler, 1993; Galetti & Guimaraes, 2004), bats (Lobova et al., 2009), nonflying mammals (Smythe, 1986, 1989; Bodmer, 1991; Hoch & Adler 1997; Norconk et al., 1998), and fish (Piedade et al., 2006).
Production waste, such as fronds, fibers, mesocarps, kernel cakes, palm shells, and liquid waste require proper handling to avoid polluting the environment (Saono and Sastrapradja 1983).
All fruits were gently macerated by hand-agitating on a mesh screen to remove fruit coats and mesocarps from seeds.
Cherimoya, Hanuman phal, Juicy mesocarps of individual berries
To determine stable carbon isotope ratios, exocarps and mesocarps were separated as a unit from endocarps of 10 fruits from each sampling date.