polycarpic

or pol·y·car·pous

[ pol-ee-kahr-pik ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈkɑr pɪk /
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adjective Botany.

producing fruit many times, as a perennial plant.
having a gynoecium composed of two or more distinct ovaries.

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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British Dictionary definitions for polycarpous (1 of 2)

polycarpous

polycarpic

/ (ˌpɒlɪˈkɑːpəs) /

adjective

(of a plant) having a gynoecium consisting of many distinct carpels

British Dictionary definitions for polycarpous (2 of 2)

polycarpic

polycarpous

/ (ˌpɒlɪˈkɑːpɪk) /

adjective

(of a plant) able to produce flowers and fruit several times in successive years or seasons
Derived Formspolycarpy, noun
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Science definitions for polycarpous (1 of 2)

polycarpous

[ pŏl′ē-kärpəs ]
polycarpic (pŏl′ē-kärpĭk)

Having fruit or pistils with two or more carpels.

Science definitions for polycarpous (2 of 2)

polycarpic

[ pŏl′ē-kärpĭk ]

Relating to a plant that produces fruit more than once during its lifetime.
Variant of polycarpous.
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