parthenocarpy

noun
par·​the·​no·​car·​py | \ ˈpär-thə-nō-ˌkär-pē How to pronounce parthenocarpy (audio) \

Definition of parthenocarpy

: the production of fruits without fertilization bananas set fruit by parthenocarpy and without pollination

Other Words from parthenocarpy

parthenocarpic \ ˌpär-​thə-​nō-​ˈkär-​pik How to pronounce parthenocarpy (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of parthenocarpy

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parthenocarpy

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek parthenos virgin + karpos fruit — more at harvest

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“Parthenocarpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parthenocarpy. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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