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a combining form occurring in nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -gynous: androgyny.
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What does -gyny mean?

The combining form -gyny is used like a suffix to indicate the abstract noun form of adjectives ending in -gynous, a form meaning “of women” or “of females.” It is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in botany.

In terms from botany, -gyny specifically means “state of having pistils,” the seed-bearing female organ of a flower. In some rare instances, such as the term monogyny, the form is used to mean “the state of having a wife.”

The form -gyny comes from Greek -gynos, roughly meaning “female.”

What are variants of -gyny?

While -gyny doesn’t have any variants, it is related to several other combining forms: gyn-, -gyne, gynec-, gyneco-, gyno-, and -gynous. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.

Examples of -gyny

One example of a word you may have encountered that features the form -gyny is misogyny, “hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women.” Misogyny comes from Greek misogynía, which uses the equivalent form of -gyny.

The miso- part of the word means “hate,” from Greek mîsos, while -gyny means “of women.” Misogyny literally translates to “hatred of women.”

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The combining form philo- means “loving.” With this in mind, what is philogyny?