Origin of parthenocarpy

1910–15; partheno- + -carpy; see -carp, -y3
Related formspar·the·no·car·pic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for parthenocarpy


  1. the development of fruit without fertilization or formation of seeds
Derived Formsparthenocarpic or parthenocarpous, adjective

Word Origin for parthenocarpy

C20: from Greek parthenos virgin + karpos fruit
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parthenocarpy in Science


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