One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Mycology. Of parasitic fungi (especially rusts and smuts): inhabiting the same host throughout their life.
2Botany. Of a bryophyte or its inflorescence: having both male and female sexual organs (antheridia and archegonia), but on separate shoots; also called autoicous.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Sydney Vines (1849–1934), botanist. From auto- + -oecious, in sense 1 after German autoecisch.
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