Definition of gemmiparous in US English:

gemmiparous

adjective

Biology
  • (of a plant or animal) reproducing by gemmation.

    • ‘I am as unwilling to believe in gemmiparous insects as in hermaphrodite insects.’
    • ‘As for asexual reproduction, the authors discuss why vegetative reproduction works so well for so many aquatic plants: rhizomatous growth (clonal growth), as well as reproduction through fragmentation and the production of corms, stolons, tubers, turions and gemmiparous plantlets.’
    • ‘The tests show that the primycin salts exhibit an outstanding activity on gram positive bacteria while the effect on gram negative bacteria and gemmiparous fungi is lower.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from modern Latin gemmiparus, from Latin gemma ‘bud, jewel’ + parere ‘produce, give birth to’.

Pronunciation

gemmiparous

/jeˈmipərəs/