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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 of parthenocarpy
1910-1915
1910-15; partheno- + -carpy; see -carp, -y3
Related forms
parthenocarpic, adjective
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Examples from the web for parthenocarpy
  • 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

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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parthenocarpy 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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