verb (used without object)
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Origin of carp1
OTHER WORDS FROM carpcarper, noun
Definition for carp (2 of 4)
noun, plural (especially collectively) carp, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) carps.
Origin of carp2
Definition for carp (3 of 4)
Origin of -carp
Definition for carp (4 of 4)
WORDS THAT USE -CARP
What does -carp mean?
The combining form -carp is used like a suffix to refer to fruit or a fruiting body. A fruiting body is an organ that produces spores, which develops into a part of a fruit. It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology and botany.
The combining form -carp ultimately comes from the Greek karpós, meaning “fruit.” The combining form -carpic is used to form adjectives of words ending in -carp. Equivalent to -carpic is -carpous, meaning “fruited.”
Examples of -carp
An example of a word from biology that features -carp is monocarp, meaning “a plant that dies after having once borne fruit.”
The first part of the word, mono–, might look familiar. It means “single” or “one.” The second part, –carp, means “fruit,” as we now know. Monocarp literally translates to “one fruit.”
What are some words that use the combining form –carp?
What are some other forms that -carp may be commonly confused with?
You probably associate carp with a fish more than a fruit—or with a whole lot of complaining! We can’t quibble with those associations, but neither of these senses of carp are related to the combining form -carp.
Example sentences from the Web for carp
Bringing in more revenue than most African governments is hardly reason to carp.Google 2011 Results Show Growth, But Can Tech Giant Thrive in Long Run?|Zachary Karabell|January 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Made with roe from mullet, carp, cod, lobsters, or even crab, taramasalata—salty, creamy, bright, with little pops!
Instead, they gave Americans tax cuts, defense hikes, and middle class spending, leaving Democrats to carp about deficits.
I'm not enamored of a straight meat diet as a rule, but that evening I was in no mood to carp at anything half-way eatable.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
He, for one, did not carp at Aunt Rachel's declaration that they were intended to spend time and eternity together.At Last|Marion Harland
A fountain tinkled and fat carp swam about in the fluted marble basin.The Adventures of Kathlyn|Harold MacGrath
If it has humour, deplore its lack of thoughtfulness; if it is grave, carp at its lack of gaiety.How to Fail in Literature|Andrew Lang
It would be idle to carp at any means when the end is so thoroughly good.Mystic London:|Charles Maurice Davies