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gynostemium

[jin-uh-stee-mee-uh m, gahy-nuh-, jahy-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsti mi əm, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ-/
noun, plural gynostemia
[jin-uh-stee-mee-uh, gahy-nuh-, jahy-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsti mi ə, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ-/ (Show IPA).
Botany.
1.
the united stamens and pistil of an orchid.
Origin of gynostemium
1860-1865
1860-65; < New Latin, equivalent to gyno- gyno- + Greek stḗm(ōn) warp, thread + New Latin -ium -ium
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