- (especially of plants) having the male and female organs in separate and distinct individuals; having separate sexes.
Origin of dioecious
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diecious dioicous (daɪˈɔɪkəs)
- (of some plants) having the male and female reproductive organs in separate flowers on separate plantsCompare monoecious
Word Origin for dioecious
C18: from New Latin Dioecia name of class, from di 1 + Greek oikia house, dwelling
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- Of or relating to organisms, especially plants, having the male and female reproductive organs borne on separate individuals of the same species; sexually distinct.
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- Having male flowers on one plant and female flowers on another plant of the same species. The holly and asparagus plants are dioecious. Compare monoecious.
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