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Having carpels that are free from one another. Used of a single flower with two or more separate pistils, as in roses.
ap′o·car′py (ăp′ə-kär′pē) n.
(Botany) (of the ovaries of flowering plants such as the buttercup) consisting of separate carpels. Compare syncarpous
[C19 from NL, from Gk apo- + karpos fruit]
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|Adj.||1.||apocarpous - (of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses|
syncarpous - (of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of united carpels