One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the Linnaean artificial system: an order comprising plants having flowers with five pistils or styles.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Hill (bap. 1714, d. 1775), physician and actor. From scientific Latin Pentagynia, order name (Linnaeus Systema Naturae) from ancient Greek πεντα- + γυνή + scientific Latin -ia.
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