-) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Zoology Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous.
- Germinating or producing seeds that germinate before becoming detached from the parent plant, as in the mangrove.
- Producing bulbils or new plants rather than seed, as in the tiger lily.
From Latin vviparus
; see gwei-
in Indo-European roots + -parus
, -parousOTHER FORMS:vivi·pari·ty
-) KEY (Noun)