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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n endocarp the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed "you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Endocarp (Bot) The inner layer of a ripened or fructified ovary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n endocarp In botany, the inner wall of a pericarp which consists of two dissimilar layers.
    • n endocarp It may be hard and stony as in the plum and peach, membranous as in the apple, or fleshy as in the orange. The endocarp or stone, the epicarp or outer skin, and the mesocarp or fleshy part of a peach are shown in the cut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Endocarp en′do-kärp the inner coat or shell of a fruit.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Endo-, + Gr. fruit: cf. F. endocarpe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. endon, within, and karpos, fruit.


In literature:

Endocarp, ac testa viscoso-gelatinosa.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
A juicy pulp encloses a double membrane, or endocarp, and within the latter are the seeds which constitute the coffee of commerce.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Each fruit contains two seeds embedded in a yellowish pulp, and the seeds are enclosed in a thin membranous endocarp (the "parchment").
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
E, Endocarp, or shell.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
In the medlar the endocarp becomes of a stony hardness.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
Fruit fleshy and drupe-like, pear shaped; the globose endocarp thin.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray