viviparous

You didn't hatch from an egg, did you? That means you were born to a viviparous mother. The adjective viviparous describes something that gives birth to living things, rather than eggs.

Breaking viviparous down into parts can help you understand its meaning. Vivi looks a lot like vivus, Latin for "alive." Parous comes from the Latin word parere, meaning "produce, bring forth, give birth to." To pronounce it correctly, say "VIE-vip-uh-rus." Then say "thank you" to your mother.

DEFINITIONS OF: viviparous

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adj producing living young (not eggs)

Synonyms:
live-bearing
Antonyms:
oviparous
egg-laying
ovoviviparous
producing living young from eggs that hatch within the body
broody
physiologically ready to incubate eggs
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