The definition of viviparous is producing young; in plants, this is producing new plants while still on the parent plant.
An example of a viviparous animal is a bear.
- bearing or bringing forth living young, as most mammals and some other animals do
- designating or of this type of reproduction
- germinating while still on the parent plant: said of certain seeds or bulbs
- producing such seeds or bulbs; proliferous
Origin of viviparousClassical Latin viviparus ; from vivus, alive (see bio-) + parere, to produce (see -parous)
- Zoology Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous.
- Botany a. Germinating or producing seeds that germinate before becoming detached from the parent plant, as in the mangrove.b. Producing bulbils or new plants rather than seed, as in the tiger lily.
Origin of viviparousFrom Latin v&imacron;viparus : v&imacron;vus, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + -parus, -parous.
- (of an animal or animal species) Being born alive, as are most mammals, some reptiles, and a few fish (as opposed to being laid as an egg and subsequently hatching, as do most birds and many other species).
- (of a plant or plant species) Arising from an embryo that develops from the outset (rather than from a true seed that then germinates).
From Latin vÄ«viparus, from vÄ«vus (“alive") + pariÅ (“give birth").