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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or capable of reproduction: reproductive organs.
  • n. Zoology A reproductive organism, especially a sexually mature social insect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to reproduction
  • adj. that reproduces
  • n. A reproductive organism (especially such an insect)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending, or pertaining, to reproduction; employed in reproduction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of, pertaining to, or employed in reproduction; tending to reproduce: as, the reproductive organs of an animal.
  • See function.
  • In zool., those organsor parts of the body, collectively considered, whose function it is to produce and mature ova or spermatozoa or their equivalents, and effect the impregnation of the female by the male elements, or otherwise accomplish reproduction; the reproductive or generative system of any animal in either sex; the genitals, in a broad sense. The fundamental reproductive organ of all sexed animals is an indifferent genital gland, differentiated in the male as a testis, in the female as an ovary (or their respective equivalents); its ulterior modifications are almost endless. These organs are sometimes detached from the main body of the individual (see person, 8, and hectocotylus); they often represent both sexes in one individual; they are usually separated in two individuals of opposite sexes; they sometimes fail of functional activity in certain individuals of one sex (see neuter, worker).

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

  • adj. producing new life or offspring


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