Definition of apocarpous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌapəˈkärpəs/


(Of a flower, fruit, or ovary) having distinct carpels that are not joined together. The opposite of syncarpous.
Example sentences
  • Early angiosperm fruits were apocarpous, with several free carpels.
  • Flowers are apocarpous, with the stigmas borne at the end of a long style.
  • The first bifurcation is shortly above the transition from the syncarpous to the apocarpous zone, the second bifurcation is somewhat higher up.


Mid 19th century: from apo- + Greek karpos 'fruit' + -ous.

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Syllabification: ap·o·car·pous

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