Viviparous Vi*vip"a*rous, a. [L. viviparus; vivus alive + parere to bear, bring forth. Cf. {Viper}.] (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}. [1913 Webster]

{Viviparous fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Embiotocoid}.

{Viviparous shell} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of operculated fresh-water gastropods belonging to {Viviparus}, {Melantho}, and allied genera. Their young, when born, have a well-developed spiral shell. [1913 Webster]

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  • viviparous — (adj.) 1640s, from L.L. viviparus bringing forth alive, from L. vivus alive, living + parere bring forth, bear (see PARE (Cf. pare)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • viviparous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of an animal) bringing forth live young which have developed inside th body of the parent. Compare with OVIPAROUS(Cf. ↑oviparous). 2) (of a plant) reproducing from buds which form plantlets while still attached to the parent plant …   English terms dictionary

  • viviparous — [vī vip′ər əs] adj. [L viviparus < vivus, alive (see BIO ) + parere, to produce (see PAROUS)] 1. a) bearing or bringing forth living young, as most mammals and some other animals do b) designating or of this type of reproduction: see OVIPAROUS …   English World dictionary

  • viviparous — adjective Etymology: Latin viviparus, from vivus alive + parus parous Date: 1646 1. producing living young instead of eggs from within the body in the manner of nearly all mammals, many reptiles, and a few fishes 2. germinating while still… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • viviparous — Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother s body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous …   Fisheries — dictionary

  • viviparous — adjective for viviparity …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • viviparous — adj. [L. vivere, to live; parere, to beget] Bringing forth living young. viviparity n; see oviparous, ovoviviparous …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • viviparous — viviparism, n. viviparity /viv euh par i tee, vuy veuh /, viviparousness, n. viviparously, adv. /vuy vip euhr euhs, vi /, adj. 1. Zool. bringing forth living young rather than eggs, as most mammals and some reptiles and fishes. 2. Bot. producing… …   Universalium

  • viviparous — adjective a) 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). b) Arising from an embryo that develops from the outset… …   Wiktionary

  • viviparous — Giving birth to living young, in distinction to oviparous, or egg laying. SYN: zoogonous. [vivi + L. pario, to bear] * * * vi·vip·a·rous vī vip (ə )rəs, və adj producing living young instead of eggs from within the body in the manner of nearly… …   Medical dictionary

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