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[bip-er-uh s]
  1. Zoology. bringing forth offspring in pairs.
  2. Botany. bearing two branches or axes.
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Origin of biparous

First recorded in 1725–35; bi-1 + -parous
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Historical Examples of biparous

  • The cyme, according to its development, has been characterized as biparous or uniparous.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5


  • In fig. 16 the biparous cyme is represented in the flowering branch of Cerastium.

British Dictionary definitions for biparous


  1. zoology producing offspring in pairs
  2. botany (esp of an inflorescence) producing two branches from one stem
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Word Origin and History for biparous


"bringing forth two at birth," 1731, from bi- + Latin -parus, from parere "bring forth, bear" (see pare).

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biparous in Medicine


  1. Bearing two offspring from the same pregnancy.
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