One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Producing a single offspring at a birth.
- ‘The uniparous condition, corresponding to one follicular stalk dilation, was practically the only one found.’
- ‘For animals multifidous, or such as are digitated or have several divisions in their feet; there are but two that are uniparous, that is, Men and Elephants; who though their productions be but single, are notwithstanding very numerous.’
- ‘Blood samples were taken from the jugular vein of 30 clinically healthy Iranian adult nonpregnant uniparous ewes at 8 a.m. during 6 consecutive days of summer with a mean ambient temperature of 40° C.’
- ‘Non-accepting emotional responses were significantly more marked in the uniparous group than in the multiparous group, suggesting that uniparous women tend to be more non-accepting.’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin uniparus (from Latin uni- ‘one’ + -parus ‘bearing’) + -ous.
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