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or pol·y·car·pous

adjective Botany.
  1. producing fruit many times, as a perennial plant.
  2. having a gynoecium composed of two or more distinct ovaries.
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Origin of polycarpic

From the New Latin word polycarpicus, dating back to 1840–50. See poly-, -carpic
Related formspol·y·car·py, noun
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Examples from the Web for polycarpic

Historical Examples

  • Polycarpic, term used by DeCandolle in the sense of perennial.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Polycarpic, pol-i-kar′pik, adj. fruiting many times or year after year.

British Dictionary definitions for polycarpic



  1. (of a plant) able to produce flowers and fruit several times in successive years or seasons
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Derived Formspolycarpy, noun
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polycarpic in Science


  1. Relating to a plant that produces fruit more than once during its lifetime.
  2. Variant of polycarpous.
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  1. Having fruit or pistils with two or more carpels.
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