par·​the·​no·​car·​py ˈpär-thə-nō-ˌkär-pē How to pronounce parthenocarpy (audio)
: the production of fruits without fertilization
bananas set fruit by parthenocarpy and without pollination
parthenocarpic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parthenocarpy was in 1906

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“Parthenocarpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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