Meaning of “endosperm” in the English Dictionary

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"endosperm" in British English

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endospermnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈen.dəʊ.spɜːm/ us /ˈen.doʊ.spɝːm/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • As a rule the embryo is very small and surrounded by abundant endosperm. 
  • In cases where the embryo has stored reserve food within itself and thus provided for self-nutrition, such endosperm as remains in the seed may take on other functions, for instance, that of water-absorption. 
  • The formation of endosperm starts, as has been stated, from the endosperm nucleus. 
  • The function of the endosperm is primarily that of nourishing the embryo, and its basal position in the embryo-sac places it favourably for the absorption of food material entering the ovule. 
  • This apparently profitable machine permitted the miller to efficiently separate wheat flour into three components: bran, germ and endosperm. 

(Definition of “endosperm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)