Viviparous meaning

vī-vĭpər-əs, vĭ-
Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous.
adjective
4
2
Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous.
adjective
1
0
Giving birth to living young that develop within the mother's body rather than hatching from eggs. All mammals except the monotremes are viviparous.
1
1
(of a plant or plant species) Arising from an embryo that develops from the outset (rather than from a true seed that then germinates).
adjective
1
1
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.

adjective
1
2
Advertisement
(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).
adjective
0
1

Origin of viviparous

  • From Latin vīviparus vīvus alive gwei- in Indo-European roots -parus -parous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin vÄ«viparus, from vÄ«vus (“alive") + pariō (“give birth").

    From Wiktionary