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Pronunciation:  vi'vipurus

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

VIVIPAROUS is a 10 letter word that starts with V.


 Antonyms: oviparous, ovoviviparous



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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
  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.