A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-keen, uh-keen]
    • /eɪˈkin, əˈkin/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-keen, uh-keen]
    • /eɪˈkin, əˈkin/

Definitions of achene word

  • noun achene a dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall. It may be smooth, as in the buttercup, or feathery, as in clematis 3
  • noun achene any small, dry, indehiscent fruit with one seed which is attached to the ovary wall only at one point, as the strawberry 3
  • noun achene any small, dry, hard, one-seeded, indehiscent fruit. 1
  • noun achene A small, dry, one-seeded fruit that does not open to release the seed. 1
  • noun achene (botany) A small, dry, indehiscent fruit, containing a single seed, as in the buttercup. 0

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Origin of achene

First appearance:

before 1835
One of the 34% newest English words
1835-45; < New Latin achaenium, equivalent to a- a-6 + Greek chain- (stem of chaínein to gape) + Latin -ium -ium

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Parts of speech for Achene


achene popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for achene

noun achene

  • kernel — the softer, usually edible part contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
  • stone — the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist.
  • caryopsis — a dry seedlike fruit having the pericarp fused to the seed coat of the single seed: produced by the grasses
  • utricle — a small sac or baglike body, as an air-filled cavity in a seaweed.
  • vegetable — any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food, as the tomato, bean, beet, potato, onion, asparagus, spinach, or cauliflower.

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