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a combining form meaning “fruited,” “having fruit, fruiting bodies, or carpels of a given sort,” as specified by the initial element:
Origin of -carpous
< Greek -karpos, adj. derivative of karpós fruit; see -ous Unabridged
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combining form
(in botany) indicating a certain kind or number of fruit: apocarpous
Word Origin
from New Latin -carpus, from Greek karpos fruit
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