One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant or flower) having the stamens and other floral parts situated below the carpels (or gynoecium)
- ‘The hypogynous, 5-lobed nectariferous disc considerably exceeds the ovary in volume.’
- ‘Flowers are purplish-pink in colour and are hypogynous.’
- ‘This photo of Solomon's seal shows another example of a superior ovary and hypogynous insertion.’
- ‘A flower is hypogynous if the perianth and androecium are inserted around the base of the gynoecium.’
- ‘Ranunculus, which is also hypogynous, will illustrate the development of the simple ovary.’
Early 19th century: from modern Latin hypogynus, from hypo- ‘below’ + gunē ‘woman’ (used to represent ‘pistil’) + -ous.
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