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[ap-uh-kahr-puh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. having the carpels separate.
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Origin of apocarpous

First recorded in 1820–30; apo- + -carpous
Related formsap·o·car·py, noun
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Historical Examples of apocarpous

  • Apocarpous (pistils), when the several pistils of the same flower are separate.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • The pistil is apocarpous, consisting of several distinct carpels, each with ovary, style and stigma.

British Dictionary definitions for apocarpous


  1. (of the ovaries of flowering plants such as the buttercup) consisting of separate carpelsCompare syncarpous
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Word Origin for apocarpous

C19 from NL, from Gk apo- + karpos fruit
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