Meaning of apocarpous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌapəˈkɑːpəs/


  • (of a flower, fruit, or ovary) having distinct carpels that are not joined together.

    Often contrasted with syncarpous

    ‘Early angiosperm fruits were apocarpous, with several free carpels.’
    • ‘Flowers are apocarpous, with the stigmas borne at the end of a long style.’
    • ‘The first bifurcation is shortly above the transition from the syncarpous to the apocarpous zone, the second bifurcation is somewhat higher up.’
    • ‘In a sense, these taxa have gynoecia that are effectively apocarpous.’
    • ‘Flowers are apocarpous, with up to five carpels (usually two to three).’


Mid 19th century from apo- + Greek karpos ‘fruit’ + -ous.