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Pappus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PAP'PUS, n. [L. from Gr. an old man or grandfather,hence a substance resembling gray hairs.] The soft downy substance that grows on the seeds of certain plants, as on those of the thistle.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: calyx composed of scales or bristles or featherlike hairs in plants of the Compositae such as thistles and dandelions

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural pappi) Etymology: Latin, from Greek pappos Date: circa 1704 an appendage or tuft of appendages that crowns the ovary or fruit in various seed plants and functions in dispersal of the fruit

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. pappi) a group of hairs on the fruit of thistles, dandelions, etc. Derivatives: pappose adj. Etymology: L f. Gk pappos

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pappus Pap"pus, n. [L., an old man or grandfather; hence, a substance resembling gray hairs, Gr. ?.] (Bot.) The hairy or feathery appendage of the achenes of thistles, dandelions, and most other plants of the order Composit[ae]; also, the scales, awns, or bristles which represent the calyx in other plants of the same order.



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