pericarp

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Etymology[edit]

From French péricarpe, from Latin pericarpium, from Ancient Greek περικάρπιον (perikárpion, pod, husk, shell), from περί (perí, around) + καρπός (karpós, fruit). Alternatively, peri- +‎ -carp.

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  • Hyphenation: pe‧ri‧carp
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɛɹɪˌkɑːp/

Noun[edit]

pericarp (plural pericarps)

  1. (botany) The outermost layer, or skin, of a ripe fruit or ovary.
  2. (rare, figuratively) The outer layer of any thing.
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
      He learned, afternoon after afternoon, how to edge her into delicious frenzies, how to tremble the clitoris, pericarp, and tip.

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