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gynaeceum1

[jin-uh-see-uh m, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-]
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noun, plural gyn·ae·ce·a [jin-uh-see-uh, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi ə, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/.
  1. (among the ancient Greeks) the part of a dwelling used by women.

Origin of gynaeceum1

1600–10; < Latin gynaecēum < Greek gynaikeíon, equivalent to gynaik- (stem of gynḗ) woman + -eion noun suffix of place

gynaeceum2

[jin-uh-see-uh m, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-]
noun, plural gyn·ae·ce·a [jin-uh-see-uh, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi ə, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/. Botany.
  1. gynoecium.
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gynaeceum

noun plural -cea (-ˈsiːə)
  1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) the inner section of a house, used as women's quarters
  2. (dʒaɪˈniːsɪəm, ɡaɪ-) a variant spelling of gynoecium

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: women's apartments, from Greek gunaikeion, from gunē a woman
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