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[pahr-thuh-noh-kahr-pee] /ˈpɑr θə noʊˌkɑr pi/
noun, Botany
the production of fruit without fertilization of an egg in the ovary.
1910-15; partheno- + -carpy; see -carp, -y3
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parthenocarpic, adjective Unabridged
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  • These plants have a high frequency of parthenocarpy, however, so they still produce fruit.
  • Lack of fit was attributed to environmental effects on expression of parthenocarpy.
British Dictionary definitions for parthenocarpy


the development of fruit without fertilization or formation of seeds
Derived Forms
parthenocarpic, parthenocarpous, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Greek parthenos virgin + karpos fruit
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parthenocarpy in Science
The production of fruit without fertilization. Many varieties of the common fig produce fruit through parthenocarpy.
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Encyclopedia Article for parthenocarpy

development of fruit without fertilization. The fruit resembles a normally produced fruit but is seedless. Varieties of the pineapple, banana, cucumber, grape, orange, grapefruit, persimmon, and breadfruit exemplify naturally occurring parthenocarpy. Seedless parthenocarpic fruit can be induced in nonparthenocarpic varieties and in naturally parthenocarpic varieties out of season by a type of artificial pollination with dead or altered pollen or by pollen from a different type of plant. The application of synthetic growth substances in paste form, by injection, or by spraying, also causes parthenocarpic development

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