A small, dry, one-seeded fruit in which the ovary wall remains joined with the seed in a single grain, as in barley, wheat, corn, rice, etc.
A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united.
Origin of caryopsis
- cary(o)- variant of karyo– –opsis
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition