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albumen: A genetically triploid (3n chromosomes) nutritive tissue in a seed, containing stored carbohydrate and/or oil utilized by the embryo prior to and especially upon germination, derived from fusion of the two polar nuclei (n + n chromosomes) of the embryo sac with a sperm nucleus from the pollen tube (n chromosomes). See also perisperm.[1]
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Example(s): Example sentences from FNA : [1] albumen copious and abundant; [2] Seeds with fleshy albumen;


  1. Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project, by Robert W. Kiger and Duncan M. Porter. 2001. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.