A group or tuft of prongs, bristles, scales, or simple or branched hairs, as on the achenes of the dandelion, forming the modified calyx of the composite and certain other families and serving in the dispersal of the fruit.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Pappus
Origin of Pappus
Latin old man, down on certain seeds from Greek pappos papa in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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