Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Epicarp, the outer layer in true fruits such as the drupe. It may be smooth and polished, so as to shoot moisture, as in the cherry; glaucous, with a waxy bloom, as in the plum; woolly, as in the peach; or leathery, as in the orange; separable, as in these cases; or less so, as in the lemon. The term is often loosely extended to the outer layer of such receptacular structures, or "inferior" fruits, as the apple or cucumber.