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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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