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Seed  [ Botany ]

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Synonyms: Grain. 
Adjective: aaa 
Adverbbs: aaa 
     
  A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant; A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant;  
     
The part of a plant that can make another plant. Botanically, a seed is the matured ovule without accessory parts that is produced by gymnosperm and angiosperm plants which occurs after fertilization and some growth within the mother plant. It is a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, with or without some stored food (endosperm).

Usually a plant makes flowers, then once the flowers have been pollinated, they turn into fruit. The seeds are inside the fruit. Seeds can be spread by wind, water, or animals.
(see: dissemination)

Colloquially, a seed is anything which may be sown; i.e., seed potatoes (which are vegetative tubers); seed of corn, sunflower, etc.

     

 

 

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