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staminodium

[stam-uh-noh-dee-uh m]
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noun, plural stam·i·no·di·a [stam-uh-noh-dee-uh] /ˌstæm əˈnoʊ di ə/. Botany.
  1. a sterile or abortive stamen.
  2. a part resembling such a stamen.
Also stam·i·node [stam-uh-nohd] /ˈstæm əˌnoʊd/.

Origin of staminodium

First recorded in 1815–25; stamin- + -ode1 + -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for staminode

staminode

staminodium (ˌstæmɪˈnəʊdɪəm)

noun plural -nodes or -nodia (-ˈnəʊdɪə)
  1. a stamen that produces no pollen

Word Origin

C19: from stamen + -ode 1
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