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

  • adj. Producing many offspring in a single birth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Giving birth to multiple offspring at the same time; multiparous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bearing fruit repeatedly, as most perennial plants; polycarpic.
  • adj. Producing many or young.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.


Greek polutokos, bearing many offspring : polu-, poly- + tokos, offspring, birth; see tek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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