Dorsiparous \Dor*sip"a*rous\, a. [Dorsum + L. parere to bring forth.] (Biol.) Same as {Dorsiferous}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Dorsiferous — Dor*sif er*ous,. [Dorsum + ferous; cf. F. dorsif[ e]re.] (Biol.) Bearing, or producing, on the back; applied to ferns which produce seeds on the back of the leaf, and to certain Batrachia, the ova of which become attached to the skin of the back… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dor|sif|er|ous — «dr SIHF uhr uhs», adjective. 1. Botany. bearing the fruit clusters of sporangia on the underside or back of the frond: »a dorsiferous fern. 2. Zoology. dorsiparous. ╂[< Latin dorsum back + English ferous] …   Useful english dictionary

  • dor|sip|a|rous — «dr SIHP uhr uhs», adjective. Zoology. hatching the young on the back: »Certain toads are dorsiparous. ╂[< Latin dorsum back + parere to bear, give birth to + English ous] …   Useful english dictionary

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