Dictionary.com

archegonium

[ ahr-ki-goh-nee-uhm ]
/ ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni əm /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between "it’s" and "its" in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 8
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of archegonium

1850–55; <New Latin, equivalent to archegon- (<Greek archégonos first of a race; see arche-, gono-) + -ium<Greek -ion diminutive suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM archegonium

ar·che·go·ni·al, ar·che·go·ni·ate [ahr-ki-goh-nee-it, -eyt], /ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use archegonium in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for archegonium

archegonium
/ (ˌɑːkɪˈɡəʊnɪəm) /

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 of archegonium

archegoniate, adjective

Word Origin for archegonium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek arkhegonos original parent, from arkhe- chief, first + gonos seed, race
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for archegonium

archegonium
[ är′kĭ-gōnē-əm ]

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK