from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The production of fruit without fertilization.
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- n. production of (seedless) fruit without fertilization of ovules.
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- n. (botany) the development of a fruit without fertilization or seeds
Its form can vary from irregular and contorted to a near-perfect but sterile fruit. parthenocarpy, which is the formation of fruits without fertilization or the formation of seeds.
Plants evolved parthenocarpy to ensure their continued existence.
But then parthenocarpy is itself an unusual bargain.
Many species of figs are pollinated by symbiotic wasps, but there are other fig varieties that develop edible, seedless figs through a process called parthenocarpy.
It involves crossing and back-crossing parents to produce something called parthenocarpy.
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