Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having carpels that are free from one another. Used of a single flower with two or more separate pistils, as in roses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having carpels that are not joined

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Either entirely or partially separate, as the carpels of a compound pistil; -- opposed to syncarpous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, having the carpels of the gynœcium separate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses

Etymologies

apo- + -carpous (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • 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.

    The Fairy-Land of Science

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