viviparous









viviparous


adjective

  1. Zoology. bringing forth living young rather than eggs, as most mammals and some reptiles and fishes.
  2. Botany. producing seeds that germinate on the plant.

adjective

  1. (of animals) producing offspring that as embryos develop within and derive nourishment from the body of the female parentCompare oviparous, ovoviviparous
  2. (of plants) producing bulbils or young plants instead of flowers
  3. (of seeds) germinating before separating from the parent plant
adj.

1640s, from Late Latin viviparus “bringing forth alive,” from Latin vivus “alive, living” + parere “bring forth, bear” (see pare).

adj.

  1. Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother’s body as for most mammals.

  1. Giving birth to living young that develop within the mother’s body rather than hatching from eggs. All mammals except the monotremes are viviparous. Compare oviparous ovoviviparous.

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