One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a social insect) having only one egg-laying queen in each colony.
- ‘Colonies of the monogyne type are headed by a single egg-laying queen, whereas those of the polygyne type contain multiple queens.’
- ‘Colonies of the monogyne form of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta actively defend exclusive foraging areas with distinct boundaries.’
- ‘The genotypic pattern associated with each social form is remarkably simple: monogyne colonies harbor only the B allelic variant of Gp - 9, whereas polygyne colonies harbor both the B variant and b-like variants.’
- ‘The population studied at this location was monogyne, having only one mated queen per colony.’
From mono- ‘one’ + Greek gunē ‘woman, wife’.
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