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[dahy-din-uh-muh s]
  1. (of a flower) having four stamens in two pairs of different length.
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Origin of didynamous

1785–95; < New Latin Didynam(ia) name of the class (equivalent to di- di-1 + Greek dýnam(is) power (see dynamic) + -ia -ia) + -ous
Related formsdi·dyn·a·my, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Didynamous (stamens), having four stamens in two pairs, 100.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Stamens 4, didynamous, inserted on the tube of the corolla; anthers 2-celled, persistent.

British Dictionary definitions for didynamous


  1. (of plants) having four stamens arranged in two pairs of unequal length, as in the foxglove
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin Didynamia name of former class, from di- 1 + Greek dunamis power, referring to the greater strength of the two long stamens
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