One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of stamens: partially united by their filaments into three or more groups. Formerly also: †(in the Linnaean artificial system) characteristic of or belonging to the class Polyadelphia (obsolete).
Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Abercrombie (1726–1806), horticulturist and writer. From polyadelph- + -ous. Compare Hellenistic Greek πολυάδελϕος having many brothers.
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