capsule defined in 1951 yearcapsule - capsule;
capsule - (1) In flowering plants, dry dehiscent fruit developed from a compound ovary; opening to liberate seeds in various ways, e.g. by longitudinal splitting from apex to base, the separated parts being known as valves, as in iris; by formation of pores near top of fruit, as in snapdragon; or in the pyxidium, by detachment of a lid following equatorial dehiscence as in scarlet pimpernel. (2) In liverworts and mosses, organ within which spores are formed. (3) In some kinds of bacteria, gelatinous envelope surrounding the cell wall. (4) (Zool.) Connective tissue investment of an organ, providing mechanical support.
near capsule in Knolik
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