Definition of viviparous in English:

viviparous

Pronunciation: /vīˈvipərəs//vəˈvip(ə)rəs/

adjective

Zoology
  • 1(of an animal) bringing forth live young that have developed inside the body of the parent.

    Compare with oviparous and ovoviviparous
    • ‘Females are viviparous and give birth to a single litter of up to five offspring.’
    • ‘Depending on environmental conditions, it can shift from viviparous to oviparous reproduction, with production of encysted and dehydrated embryos.’
    • ‘If only these creatures had been able to develop a viviparous capability, so that they could give birth to their babies at sea, they would have an assured future.’
    • ‘These may be viviparous, in which case the mother's body provides nourishment to the embryo, or ovoviviparous, in which case the eggs develop without additional nourishment inside the mother.’
    • ‘The viviparous quadrupeds - literally means four-footed mammals bearing living offspring.’
    1. 1.1Botany (of a plant) reproducing from buds that form plantlets while still attached to the parent plant, or from seeds that germinate within the fruit.
      • ‘Two new viviparous mutants showed some signs of precocious germination but did not emerge fully on the cob.’
      • ‘Evidence of a carotenoid mutant of rice was suggested by the phenotype of several mutants for which viviparous seeds germinated into albino seedlings.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin viviparus (from vivus alive + -parus bearing) + -ous.

Pronunciation:

viviparous

/vīˈvipərəs//vəˈvip(ə)rəs/