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diclinous

[ dahy-kluh-nuhs, dahy-klahy- ]

adjective

, Botany.
  1. (of a plant species, variety, etc.) having the stamens and the pistils in separate flowers, either on the same plant or on different plants; either monoecious or dioecious.
  2. (of a flower) having only stamens or only pistils; unisexual.


diclinous

/ daɪˈklaɪ-; daɪˈklaɪ-; ˈdaɪklɪnɪ; ˈdaɪklɪnəs /

adjective

  1. (of flowering plants) bearing unisexual flowers
  2. (of flowers) unisexual Compare monoclinous


diclinous

/ dī-klīnəs /

  1. Bearing imperfect flowers; having carpels and stamens in different flowers. A monoecious plant is diclinous since it bears male and female flowers separately, even though on the same plant. Dioecious plants are also diclinous, since an individual plant will bear flowers of only one sex.
  2. Compare monoclinous
  3. Having only stamens or only pistils; unisexual. Used of flowers.


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Derived Forms

  • ˈdiclinism, noun
  • dicliny, noun
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Other Words From

  • dicli·nism noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of diclinous1

1820–30; di- 1 + Greek klī́n ( ē ) couch, bed + -ous
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Example Sentences

Pinus is also peculiar in the dimorphism of shoots and leaves and in their constant interrelations with the diclinous flowers.

Flowers diclinous, the pistillate taking the place of long shoots, the staminate taking the place of dwarf shoots.

Diclinous, dī′kli-nus, adj. having the stamens and pistils in separate flowers.

Diclinous, having the stamens in one flower, the pistils in another, 85.

Most of them have an acrid milky juice, and diclinous or monœcious flowers.

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