[ap-uh-kahr-puh s]

adjective Botany.

having the carpels separate.

Origin of apocarpous

First recorded in 1820–30; apo- + -carpous
Related formsap·o·car·py, noun
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(of the ovaries of flowering plants such as the buttercup) consisting of separate carpelsCompare syncarpous

Word Origin for apocarpous

C19 from NL, from Gk apo- + karpos fruit
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