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Feb 19, 2015
This week’s theme
Words made with combining forms

This week’s words
frankenfood
preternatural
logomaniac
parthenogenesis
bryology

parthenogenesis
Microscopic bdelloid rotifers who reproduce exclusively by parthenogenesis
Photo: Danelle Vivier

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parthenogenesis

PRONUNCIATION:
(par-thuh-no-JEN-uh-sis)

MEANING:
noun: Reproduction without fertilization.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek partheno- (without fertilization, maiden) + -genesis (creation). Earliest documented use: 1849.

USAGE:
“If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct -- unless we rush down that ominous Brave New World path where women clone themselves by parthenogenesis, as famously do Komodo dragons, hammerhead sharks, and pit vipers.”
Camille Paglia; It’s a Man’s World, and It Always Will Be; Time (New York); Dec 16, 2013.

See more usage examples of parthenogenesis in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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