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hypogynous Line breaks: hyp|ogyn|ous
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒdʒɪnəs/

Definition of hypogynous in English:


(Of a plant or flower) having the stamens and other floral parts situated below the carpels (or gynoecium). Compare with epigynous, perigynous.
Example sentences
  • The hypogynous, 5-lobed nectariferous disc considerably exceeds the ovary in volume.
  • Flowers are purplish-pink in colour and are hypogynous.
  • A flower is hypogynous if the perianth and androecium are inserted around the base of the gynoecium.


Example sentences
  • Lychee seed contain parts of hypogynies like those found in the akee.
  • Thus, apparent hypogyny is not homologous with true hypogyny in other angiosperms; in this case it is the result of not very inferior ovaries.
  • There are also parallel but less constant series from apocarpy to syncarpy, and from hypogyny through perigyny to epigyny.


Early 19th century: from modern Latin hypogynus, from hypo- 'below' + gunē 'woman' (used to represent ‘pistil’) + -ous.

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