Definition of protogyny in English:

protogyny

noun

Botany Zoology
  • See protogynous

    • ‘Protandry (and the less frequent, opposite pattern called protogyny) may occur for different reasons in different taxa.’
    • ‘This fish species exhibits protogyny (females are capable of becoming males).’
    • ‘At the extreme, true prolificacy leads to protogyny whereas normal maize shows protandry.’
    • ‘Sequential hermaphroditism (functioning as male during one life phase and as female during another) is common in marine fishes, with protogyny (sex change from female to male) predominating.’
    • ‘However, the form of dichogamy (protogyny and protandry) is likely to have different consequences for autogamy versus geitonogamy.’