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[pol-ee-uh-del-fuh s]
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adjective Botany.
  1. (of stamens) united by the filaments into three or more sets or bundles.

Origin of polyadelphous

1855–60; < Greek polyádelphos having many siblings; see poly-, -adelphous
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Historical Examples

  • Polyadelphous, stamens united by their filaments into several bundles, 100.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for polyadelphous


  1. (of stamens) having united filaments so that they are arranged in three or more groups
  2. (of flowers) having polyadelphous stamens

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from poly- + -adelphous from Greek adelphos brother
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