Definition of androecium in US English:

androecium

noun

Botany
  • The stamens of a flower collectively.

    • ‘From each plant one randomly chosen, fresh flower was dissected under a binocular microscope to separate the corolla, androecium and gynoecium.’
    • ‘However, their androecia and gynoecia present considerable diversity.’
    • ‘The androecium of each flower had dehisced on the morning of sampling.’
    • ‘Only at a fairly late developmental stage does the corolla finally overtop the androecium and gynoecium.’
    • ‘The Caribbean species differs in tepal pubescence as well as in important characters of the androecium and the relationship may not be so close as previously assumed.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from andro- + Greek oikion ‘house’.

Pronunciation

androecium

/anˈdrēSH(ē)əm/