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polycarpic

or pol·y·car·pous

[pol-ee-kahr-pik]
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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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Historical Examples

  • Polycarpous, pol-i-kar′pus, adj. having the fruit composed of two or more distinct carpels.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

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British Dictionary definitions for polycarpous

polycarpous

polycarpic

adjective
  1. (of a plant) having a gynoecium consisting of many distinct carpels
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polycarpic

polycarpous

adjective
  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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polycarpous in Science

polycarpous

[pŏl′ē-kärpəs]
  1. Having fruit or pistils with two or more carpels.
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polycarpic

[pŏl′ē-kärpĭk]
  1. Relating to a plant that produces fruit more than once during its lifetime.
  2. Variant of polycarpous.
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