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a combining form meaning “bearing,” “producing” that specified by the initial element:
oviparous; viviparous.
Origin of -parous
< Latin -parus bearing, equivalent to par(ere) to bear, bring forth + -us adj. suffix; see -ous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -parous


combining form
giving birth to: oviparous
Word Origin
from Latin -parus, from parere to bring forth
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Word Origin and History for -parous

word-forming element meaning "bearing, producing," from Latin -parus (e.g. viviparus "bringing forth young alive"), from parere "to produce, bring forth" (see pare).

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-parous in Medicine

-parous suff.
Giving birth to; producing: multiparous.

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