• WordNet 3.6
    • adj viviparous producing living young (not eggs)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Viviparous (Biol) Producing young in a living state, as most mammals, or as those plants the offspring of which are produced alive, either by bulbs instead of seeds, or by the seeds themselves germinating on the plant, instead of falling, as they usually do; -- opposed to oviparous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • viviparous Bringing forth alive; having young which maintain vascular vital connection with the body of the parent until they are born in a comparatively advanced stage of development; reproducing by birth, not by hatching from an egg which is laid and afterward incubated: correlated with oviparous and ovoviviparous. See these words, and egg. In strictness, all metazoic animals and some protozoans are oviparous, since they produce ova; but the distinction subsists in the duration of the period in which the product of conception remains in the body of the parent. If the egg is quickly extruded. the animal is oviparous; if it is separated from the mother, but hatches inside the body, ovoviviparous; if it comes to term in a womb, viviparous. Among vertebrates, all mammals excepting monotremes, no birds, many reptiles, and some fishes are viviparous. Invertebrates are mostly oviparous, in some cases ovoviviparous, in a few viviparous.
    • viviparous In botany, germinating or sprouting from a seed or bud which is still on the parent plant. The term is also sometimes equivalent to proliferous as applied to grasses, rushes, sedges, etc. See prolification, From an examination of the structure of viviparous grasses. Masters, Teratol., p. 169.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Viviparous vī-vip′a-rus producing young alive:
    • adj Viviparous vī-vip′a-rus (bot.) germinating from a seed still on the parent plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. viviparus,; vivus, alive + parere, to bear, bring forth. Cf. Viper
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., from vivus, alive, parĕre, to produce.


In literature:

Does not some Yankee say that the American viviparous aphides are winged?
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Aphides, absence of wings in viviparous.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Human methods have become viviparous; the New nowadays lives for a time in the form of the Old.
"First and Last Things" by H. G. Wells
Each female produces viviparously from forty to sixty young at a birth.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
Mr. Bingley also, in his animal biography, says that eels are viviparous.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Of mobile creatures, O king, the foremost are certainly those called viviparous.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
And in this respect it differs from the fetus of viviparous animals.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
The Stylops, being hatched while still in the body of the parent, is, therefore viviparous.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The green-bone, or viviparous blenny.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Both the viviparous grass and the polygonum are found in England.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester

In news:

The likelihood of viviparous germination occurring on upright ears with grain at higher moisture contents is typically much less than for dryer grain.