EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural ar·che·go·ni·a . [ahr-ki- goh-nee- uh] /ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni ə/ . Botany the female reproductive organ in ferns, mosses, etc. Origin of archegonium 1850–55;
first of a race; see
Related forms ar·che·go·ni·al, ar·che·go·ni·ate , [ahr-ki- goh-nee-it, -eyt] /ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for archegonia Historical Examples of archegonia British Dictionary definitions for archegonia noun plural -nia ( -nɪə) a female sex organ, occurring in mosses, spore-bearing vascular plants, and gymnosperms, that produces a single egg cell in its swollen base Derived Forms archegoniate, adjective Word Origin for archegonium
C19: from New Latin, from Greek
arkhegonos original parent, from arkhe- chief, first + gonos seed, race
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Plural archegonia The egg-producing organ occurring in bryophytes (such as mosses and liverworts), ferns, and most gymnosperms. The archegonium is a multicellular, often flask-shaped structure that contains a single egg. Compare antheridium.
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