American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having carpels that are free from one another. Used of a single flower with two or more separate pistils, as in roses.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, having the carpels of the gynœcium separate. Applied to an ovary or a fruit composed of one or more simple and distinct pistils, as in the Ranunculaceœ and many Rosaceœ.
- adj. botany Having carpels that are not joined
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Either entirely or partially separate, as the carpels of a compound pistil; -- opposed to
- adj. (of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses
- apo- + -carpous (Wiktionary)
“If the pistil be apocarpous, and the carpels arranged spirally on an elevated thalamus, it then frequently happens that the carpels, especially the upper ones, become carried up with the prolonged axis, more widely separated one from the other than below, and particularly liable to undergo various petalloid or foliaceous changes as in proliferous _Roses_, _Potentilla_, &c.”
“It is useful to be able to classify a flower and to know that the buttercup belongs to the Family Ranunculaceae, with petals free and definite, stamens hypogynous and indefinite, pistil apocarpous.”
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away from; separate
a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Greek, where it was joined to verbs, deverbal forms, and other parts of speech. Among its functions in Greek, apo- has the spatial sense â€œaway, off...
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