ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: apomixis

This week's word comes with bonus words.

apomixis (ˌæpəˈmɪksɪs), noun
Reproduction without fertilization.

For example,
  parthenogenesis:  an unfertilized egg developing into a new individual
  parthenocarpy:  development of fruit without fertilization or seeds
  apogamy:  in ferns, forming the sporophyte (spore-producing phase) without merging sperm and ova.

And to round it out, the opposite of apomixis is amphimixis, sexual reproduction.

Etymology:  Greek, apo-, away from, separate, + mixis, mingling.  (amphi- means 'both').
Tags: a, greek, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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