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carpogonium

[kahr-puh-goh-nee-uh m]
noun, plural car·po·go·ni·a [kahr-puh-goh-nee-uh] /ˌkɑr pəˈgoʊ ni ə/.
  1. the one-celled female sex organ of some red algae, that, when fertilized, gives rise to the carpospores.
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Origin of carpogonium

First recorded in 1880–85; carpo-1 + -gonium
Related formscar·po·go·ni·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carpogonium

carpogonium

noun plural -nia (-nɪə)
  1. the female sex organ of red algae, consisting of a swollen base containing the ovum and a long neck down which the male gametes pass
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Derived Formscarpogonial, adjective
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