parthenocarpy

noun

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

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near parthenocarpy

Cite this Entry

“Parthenocarpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parthenocarpy. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

More from Merriam-Webster on parthenocarpy

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ