viviparous

adjective
vi·​vip·​a·​rous | \ vī-ˈvi-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce viviparous (audio) , və- How to pronounce viviparous (audio) \

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

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Other Words from viviparous

viviparously adverb

Examples of viviparous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are even some viviparous moms that get creative with feeding their young during pregnancy. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, 8 June 2020 That may be why cold regions host a higher proportion of viviparous species than warmer locations. Jake Buehler, National Geographic, 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of viviparous

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for viviparous

Latin viviparus, from vivus alive + -parus -parous

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The first known use of viviparous was in 1646

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“Viviparous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/viviparous. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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viviparous

adjective
vi·​vip·​a·​rous | \ vī-ˈvip-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce viviparous (audio) , və- How to pronounce viviparous (audio) \

Medical Definition of viviparous

: 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

Other Words from viviparous

viviparously adverb

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