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viviparous

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adjective vi·vip·a·rous \vī-ˈvi-p(ə-)rəs, və-\

Definition of viviparous

  1. 1 :  producing living young instead of eggs from within the body in the manner of nearly all mammals, many reptiles, and a few fishes

  2. 2 :  germinating while still attached to the parent plant <the viviparous seed of the mangrove>

viviparously adverb


Origin of viviparous

Latin viviparus, from vivus alive + -parus -parous


First Known Use: 1646


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viviparous

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adjective vi·vip·a·rous \vī-ˈvip-(ə-)rəs, və-\

Medical Definition of viviparous

  1. :  producing living young instead of eggs from within the body in the manner of nearly all mammals, many reptiles, and a few fishes—compare larviparous, oviparous, ovoviviparous

viviparously adverb



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