- (especially of plants) having the male and female organs in separate and distinct individuals; having separate sexes.
Origin of dioecious
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Examples from the Web for dioecious
Those trees are dioecious, you know, like us, and she isn't mated.The Venus Trap
Evelyn E. Smith
In dioecious plants we must aim at the reproduction of brothers and sisters.Darwin and Modern Science
A.C. Seward and Others
The tree is dioecious, there being separate male and female trees.Studies of Trees
Jacob Joshua Levison
Shrubs, with monoecious or dioecious flowers in catkins, and aromatic foliage.The Plants of Michigan
Henry Allan Gleason
Many modifications in details occur, and the plants may be dioecious.
diecious dioicous (daɪˈɔɪkəs)
- (of some plants) having the male and female reproductive organs in separate flowers on separate plantsCompare monoecious
C18: from New Latin Dioecia name of class, from di 1 + Greek oikia house, dwelling
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- Of or relating to organisms, especially plants, having the male and female reproductive organs borne on separate individuals of the same species; sexually distinct.
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- Having male flowers on one plant and female flowers on another plant of the same species. The holly and asparagus plants are dioecious. Compare monoecious.
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