from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The production of fruit without fertilization.

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  • n. production of (seedless) fruit without fertilization of ovules.

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  • n. (botany) the development of a fruit without fertilization or seeds


Greek parthenos, virgin + Greek karpos, fruit; see -carp + -y2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Its form can vary from irregular and contorted to a near-perfect but sterile fruit. parthenocarpy, which is the formation of fruits without fertilization or the formation of seeds.

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  • Plants evolved parthenocarpy to ensure their continued existence.

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  • But then parthenocarpy is itself an unusual bargain.

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  • Many species of figs are pollinated by symbiotic wasps, but there are other fig varieties that develop edible, seedless figs through a process called parthenocarpy.

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  • It involves crossing and back-crossing parents to produce something called parthenocarpy. - News


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