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“cotyledon” in English

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cotyledonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒt.ɪˈliː.dən/ us /ˌkɑː.t̬əˈliː.dən/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • A few plants that bear cones like the pines have several cotyledons. 
  • After roasting, the shell is brittle and quite free from the cotyledons or kernel. 
  • Skin the peas in question, separate the cotyledons, and break them up as may be necessary. 
  • The ants enjoyed the sprouting cotyledons of all but one. 
  • Within the cotyledon will be found a little growing shoot pointed toward the top of the kernel. 

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

“cotyledon” in American English

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cotyledonnoun [ C ]


biology a type of leaf that is part of the developing plant inside a seed and that either stores food or grows from the seed to produce food

(Definition of “cotyledon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)