[ pahr-thuh-noh-kahr-pee ]
/ ˈpɑr θə noʊˌkɑr pi /

noun Botany.

the production of fruit without fertilization of an egg in the ovary.

Origin of parthenocarpy

1910–15; partheno- + -carpy; see -carp, -y3

Related forms

par·the·no·car·pic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for parthenocarpy


/ (pɑːˈθiːnəʊˌkɑːpɪ) /


the development of fruit without fertilization or formation of seeds

Derived Forms

parthenocarpic or parthenocarpous, adjective

Word Origin for parthenocarpy

C20: from Greek parthenos virgin + karpos fruit
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Science definitions for parthenocarpy


[ pärthə-nō-kär′pē ]

The production of fruit without fertilization. Many varieties of the common fig produce fruit through parthenocarpy.
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