Meaning of viviparous in English:


Pronunciation /vɪˈvɪp(ə)rəs/ /vʌɪˈvɪp(ə)rəs/

Translate viviparous into Spanish


  • 1Zoology
    (of an animal) bringing forth live young which have developed inside the body of the parent.

    Compare with oviparous and ovoviviparous

    ‘The viviparous quadrupeds - literally means four-footed mammals bearing living offspring.’
    • ‘These may be viviparous, in which case the mother's body provides nourishment to the embryo, or ovoviviparous, in which case the eggs develop without additional nourishment inside the mother.’
    • ‘Depending on environmental conditions, it can shift from viviparous to oviparous reproduction, with production of encysted and dehydrated embryos.’
    • ‘If only these creatures had been able to develop a viviparous capability, so that they could give birth to their babies at sea, they would have an assured future.’
    • ‘Females are viviparous and give birth to a single litter of up to five offspring.’
  • 2Botany
    (of a plant) reproducing from buds which form plantlets while still attached to the parent plant, or from seeds which germinate within the fruit.

    ‘Evidence of a carotenoid mutant of rice was suggested by the phenotype of several mutants for which viviparous seeds germinated into albino seedlings.’
    • ‘Two new viviparous mutants showed some signs of precocious germination but did not emerge fully on the cob.’


Mid 17th century from Latin viviparus (from vivus ‘alive’ + -parus ‘bearing’) + -ous.