[dahy-kog-uh-muh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. having the stamens and pistils maturing at different times, thereby preventing self-pollination, as a monoclinous flower (opposed to homogamous).
Also di·cho·gam·ic [dahy-koh-gam-ik] /ˌdaɪ koʊˈgæm ɪk/.

Origin of dichogamous

First recorded in 1855–60; dicho- + -gamous
Related formsnon·di·cho·gam·ic, adjectivenon·di·chog·a·mous, adjective
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dichogamous in Science


  1. Having pistils and stamens that mature at different times, thus promoting cross-pollination rather than self-pollination.
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