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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.
1: calyx composed of scales or bristles or featherlike hairs in plants of the Compositae such as thistles and dandelions
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 n. (pl. pappi) a group of hairs on the fruit of thistles, dandelions, etc.
Derivatives: pappose adj. Etymology: L f. Gk pappos 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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