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Parthenocarpy

Definition
noun
(botany) Fruit formation without fertilization.
Supplement
Parthenocarpy in some plants can be induced by the application of auxin. Through this, the resulting fruit is seedless.
Word origin: literally means virgin fruit : Greek, parthénos (maiden) + New Latin -carpium, from Greek -karpion, from karpos, (fruit).

Related forms: parthenocarpic (adjective)


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