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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The female reproductive organs of a flower; the pistil or pistils considered as a group.

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  • n. The pistils of a flower considered as a group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pistils of a flower, taken collectively. See Illust. of carpophore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pistil or collective pistils of a flower; the female portion of a flower as a whole: correlative to andrœcium. Also gynœcium, gynœceum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a female gametoecium

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, alteration (influenced by Greek oikos, house) of Latin gynaecēum, women's apartments, from Greek gunaikeion, from neuter of gunaikeios, of women, from gunē, gunaik-, woman.

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