Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Producing many offspring in a single birth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Producing many or several at a birth; multiparous. Also polytokous, polyparous.
  • In botany, fruiting year after year, as perennials: a term proposed by Gray in place of De Candolle's polycarpous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Bearing fruit repeatedly, as most perennial plants; polycarpic.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Producing many or young.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective biology Giving birth to multiple offspring at the same time; multiparous

Etymologies

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

[Greek polutokos, bearing many offspring : polu-, poly- + tokos, offspring, birth; see tek- in Indo-European roots.]

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