- a combining form meaning “fruited,” “having fruit, fruiting bodies, or carpels of a given sort,” as specified by the initial element: apocarpous.
Origin of -carpous
< Greek -karpos, adj. derivative of karpós fruit; see -ous
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- (in botany) indicating a certain kind or number of fruitapocarpous
Word Origin for -carpous
from New Latin -carpus, from Greek karpos fruit
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