The inner layer of the pericarp of a ripened ovary or fruit, as the pit surrounding the seed of a drupe.
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.
The hard inner layer of the pericarp of many fruits, such as the layer that forms the pit or stone of a cherry, peach, or olive.
Origin of endocarp
- endo- + Ancient Greek καρπός (karpos, “fruit”); endo- + -carp.