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hypanthium

[hi-pan-thee-uh m, hahy-]
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noun, plural hy·pan·thi·a [hi-pan-thee-uh, hahy-] /hɪˈpæn θi ə, haɪ-/. Botany.
  1. a cup-shaped or tubular body formed by the conjoined sepals, petals, and stamens.

Origin of hypanthium

1850–55; < New Latin, equivalent to hyp- hyp- + anthium < Greek ánthion (ánth(os) flower + -ion diminutive suffix)
Related formshy·pan·thi·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hypanthium

Historical Examples

  • Hypanthium, a hollow flower-receptacle, such as that of Rose.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray


British Dictionary definitions for hypanthium

hypanthium

noun plural -thia (-θɪə)
  1. botany the cup-shaped or flat receptacle of perigynous or epigynous flowers
Derived Formshypanthial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from hypo- + Greek anthion a little flower, from anthos flower
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

hypanthium in Science

hypanthium

[hī-pănthē-əm]
Plural hypanthia
  1. The ringlike, cup-shaped, or tubular structure of a flower on which the sepals, petals, and stamens are borne, as in the flowers of the rose or cherry. It is formed by the enlargement of the receptacle.
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