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Meaning of VIVIPAROUS

Pronunciation:  vi'vipurus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  (zoology) producing living young (not eggs)
 

VIVIPAROUS is a 10 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Antonyms: oviparous, ovoviviparous
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vi*vip"a*rous\, a. [L. viviparus; vivus alive +
parere to bear, bring forth. Cf. {Viper}.] (Biol.)
Producing young in a living state, as most mammals, or as
those plants the offspring of which are produced alive,
either by bulbs instead of seeds, or by the seeds themselves
germinating on the plant, instead of falling, as they usually
do; -- opposed to {oviparous}.

{Viviparous fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Embiotocoid}.

{Viviparous shell} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
   operculated fresh-water gastropods belonging to
   {Viviparus}, {Melantho}, and allied genera. Their young,
   when born, have a well-developed spiral shell.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. 1. Describes an animal that gives birth to live offspring (as opposed to laying eggs).

    2. Describes seeds or fruit which sprout before they fall from the parent plant.

    1. Producing young alive rather than in eggs, as in most mammals.
    2. Multiplying by vegetative means such as buds or bulbils in the position of flowers.
 

 

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