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parthenocarpy

[pahr-thuh-noh-kahr-pee] /ˈpɑr θə noʊˌkɑr pi/
noun, Botany
1.
the production of fruit without fertilization of an egg in the ovary.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; partheno- + -carpy; see -carp, -y3
Related forms
parthenocarpic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parthenocarpic

parthenocarpy

/pɑːˈθiːnəʊˌkɑːpɪ/
noun
1.
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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parthenocarpic in Science
parthenocarpy
  (pär'thə-nō-kär'pē)   
The production of fruit without fertilization. Many varieties of the common fig produce fruit through parthenocarpy.
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Encyclopedia Article for parthenocarpic

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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