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parthenocarpy

Line breaks: par¦theno|carpy
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːθɪnə(ʊ)ˌkɑːpi
 
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Definition of parthenocarpy in English:

noun

[mass noun] Botany
The development of a fruit without prior fertilization.
Example sentences
  • This not only provides an effective solution to the ovary abortion, but also provides an experimental system for studying fruit development, in particular, the mechanism of chemical-induced parthenocarpy.
  • I turned to the contribution from Koltunow, Vivian-Smith, Tucker and Paech on apomixis and parthenocarpy with a sense of anticipation, this being a former interest with which I had rather lost touch.
  • Fertile plants produce >90% viable pollen and produce normal seed-bearing pods with no evidence of parthenocarpy.

Origin

early 20th century: from German Parthenocarpie, from Greek parthenos 'virgin' + karpos 'fruit'.

Derivatives

parthenocarpic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The total number of pistils, parthenocarpic and seed containing siliques, and the mean number of seeds per silique were recorded.
  • When MdPI expression is removed flowers lack both petals and stamens and parthenocarpic fruits develop.
  • Sterile plants produce microspores aborted in tetrads, no visible pollen shed, and parthenocarpic pods bearing no seeds.

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