Definition of pericarp in English:


Pronunciation /ˈperəˌkärp/ /ˈpɛrəˌkɑrp/


  • The part of a fruit formed from the wall of the ripened ovary.

    • ‘Fruits had the pericarps removed and the seeds were stratified.’
    • ‘Prior to seed germination, the pericarp of a dispersed fruit opens to form a small slit near the stylar end.’
    • ‘The enzyme indeed increases during ripening, and is concentrated in the skin and outer pericarp of the fruit.’
    • ‘Mature fruits were collected manually from the ground and the fibrous pericarps were removed using a mechanical dehusker immediately following harvest.’
    • ‘All enzyme assays were performed with naked seeds, i.e. seeds from which the pericarp was removed.’
    skin, peel, covering, zest


Late 17th century from French péricarpe, from Greek perikarpion ‘pod, shell’, from peri- ‘around’ + karpos ‘fruit’.



/ˈperəˌkärp/ /ˈpɛrəˌkɑrp/