achene

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Etymology[edit]

From French akène and its source, Latin achena, from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, a-) + χαίνω (chainō, to gape).

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Noun[edit]

achene (plural achenes)

  1. (botany) A small, dry, indehiscent fruit, containing a single seed, as in the buttercup.

Usage notes[edit]

Early botanists referred to achenes as naked seeds.

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External links[edit]

  • achene in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • achene at OneLook Dictionary Search