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testa

Definition:

a protective outer layer of seeds of flowering plants

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Derivative:

testaceous

Plurals:

testae | testas

Part of:

seed

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

episperm | seed coat

Etymology:

from Latin: shell; see test2
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural] | seed coat [non-technical]

a hard protective outer layer of the seeds of flowering plants; seed coat (13 of 226 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/testa

Wikipedia:

Testa [disambiguation]

may refer to: Testa (botany), a term to qualify the seed coat | Testa (surname) | Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, a former Boston law firm | 11667 Testa, a main-belt asteroid discovered in 1997 | Testa (ceramics), fired clay material, especially crushed... (38 of 122 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Testa

Oxford Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

Syllabification: (tes·ta) | [botany] | the protective outer covering of a seed; the seed coat. (13 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/testa

testa [botany] | testae [plural]

the protective outer covering of a seed; the seed coat (10 of 40 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/testa

Merriam-Webster:

testa | testae [plural]

the hard external coating or integument of a seed (9 of 33 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/testa

Cambridge Dictionary:

testa [specialized]

in plants with flowers, a hard layer that covers and protects the surface of a seed (16 of 22 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/testa

Random House Dictionary:

testa [botany] | testae [plural]

the outer, usually hard, integument or coat of a seed. (10 of 20 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/testa

New World Dictionary:

testa [botany] | testae

the hard outer covering or integument of a seed (9 of 18 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testa

American Heritage Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

The often thick or hard outer coat of a seed. (10 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testa

Wiktionary:

testa | testas [plural] | testae [plural] | testæ [plural]

Seed coat. | [marine biology] The external calciferous shell, or endoskeleton, of an echinoderm; the test. (15 of 16 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/testa

Britannica Encyclopedia:

seed and fruit [plant reproductive part] | seed | fruit | Phytelephas macrocarpa [species]

respectively, the characteristic reproductive body of both angiosperms and gymnosperms and the ovary that encloses it. Essentially, a seed consists of ... (21 of 1195 words, 15 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/532368​/seed-and-fruit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | go/run to seed | sow/plant the seeds of something

[countable/uncountable] a small hard part produced by a plant that can grow ... | [countable] a player or team that has been given a number that shows ... (26 of 224 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/seed

seed [verb] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive, passive] to give a player or team a number showing how likely they are to win a competition | [transitive, often passive] to remove the ... (25 of 98 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/seed 15

Columbia Encyclopedia:

seed

fertilized and ripened ovule, consisting of the plant embryo, varying amounts of stored food material, and a protective outer seed coat. Seeds are ... (23 of 195 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0844288​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural] | seed coat [botany]

the protective covering of a seed from a flowering plant (10 of 32 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719308​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

First use: 18th century

Origin: from Latin: shell; see test2

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/testa

Oxford Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

First use: late 18th century

Origin: Latin, literally "tile, shell"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/testa

Merriam-Webster:

testa | testae [plural]

First use: 1796

Origin: New Latin, from Latin, shell

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/testa

New World Dictionary:

testa [botany]

Origin: Modern Latin from Latin: see "test"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testa

Wiktionary:

testa | testas [plural] | testae [plural] | testæ [plural]

Origin: Borrowing from Latin testa.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/testa

American Heritage Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

Origin: Latin, shell.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testa

Encarta Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

First use: Late 18th century

Origin: Latin "tile, shell"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719308​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "testa"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/testa

Cambridge Dictionary:

testa [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "testa"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "testa"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/testa

the Free Dictionary:

testa

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "testa"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "testa"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "testa" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/testa

Google Dictionary:

testa | testae [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "testa"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=testa

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

testa

Audio: North American pronunciation of "testa"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=testa​001 word=testa

YourDictionary Audio:

testa

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "testa"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/testa

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