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a combining form meaning “having stamens growing together in bundles,” of the number specified by the initial element: monadelphous.
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Origin of -adelphous

<New Latin <Greek -adelphos, adj. derivative of adelphós brother or adelphḗ sister; see -ous
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What does -adelphous mean?

The combining form -adelphous is used like a suffix meaning “having stamens growing together in bundles.” Stamens are the pollen-bearing organ of a flower. The form -adelphous is rarely used in scientific terms, particularly in botany.

The form -adelphous comes from Greek adelphós, meaning “brother.” This same root is also found in the name of the city Philadelphia, “the city of brotherly love.” Find out more at our entry for Philadelphia.

Examples of -adelphous

An example of a term from botany that features the form -adelphous is monadelphous, “united into one bundle or set by their filaments.”

The form mon- means “alone” or “single,” from Greek mónos, while -adelphous means “having stamens growing together in bundles.” Monadelphous literally means “having stamens growing together in a single bundle.”

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The combining form di- means “two.” With this in mind, what does the botanical term diadelphous mean?

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