[vahy-vip-er-uh s, vi-]
- Zoology. bringing forth living young rather than eggs, as most mammals and some reptiles and fishes.
- Botany. producing seeds that germinate on the plant.
Origin of viviparous
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Examples from the Web for viviparous
Both the viviparous grass and the polygonum are found in England.More Science From an Easy Chair
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Does not some Yankee say that the American viviparous aphides are winged?More Letters of Charles Darwin
This was observed, and gave rise to the idea that this fish is viviparous.
All appear to be viviparous, and the act of parturition is performed in the water.
Some of them are viviparous, others deposit from eight to twelve globular eggs.
C17: from Latin vīviparus, from vīvus alive + parere to bring forth
Word Origin and History for viviparous
1640s, from Late Latin viviparus "bringing forth alive," from Latin vivus "alive, living" + parere "bring forth, bear" (see pare).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body as for most mammals.
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