One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having eight stamens.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Roxburgh (1751–1815), botanist. From scientific Latin octandrus (as a specific epithet in Linnaeus Species Plantarum I. 391; from classical Latin octō- + -ανδρος, after Octandria) + -ous. Compare French octandre, adjective.
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