One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of stamens) united by their filaments so as to form two groups.
- ‘The stamens are 6 in number and diadelphous or frequently distinct and numerous.’
- ‘The androecium consists of 10 diadelphous stamens.’
- ‘These consist of 10 diadelphous stamens and a bent, bearded, and beaked style.’
- ‘The ten stamens are arranged in diadelphous fashion, with the staminal column (nine basally fused) surrounding the pistil.’
- ‘In some species the ten stamens are all united by their filaments or one stamen is free and the other nine are united (diadelphous).’
Early 19th century: from di- ‘two’ + Greek adelphos ‘brother’ + -ous.
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