[ ih-pij-uh-nuh s ]
/ ɪˈpɪdʒ ə nəs /

adjective Botany.

(of flowers) having all floral parts conjoint and generally divergent from the ovary at or near its summit.
(of stamens, petals, etc.) having the parts so arranged.

Origin of epigynous

First recorded in 1820–30; epi- + -gynous


e·pig·y·ny, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epigynous

/ (ɪˈpɪdʒɪnəs) /


(of flowers) having the receptacle enclosing and fused with the gynoecium so that the other floral parts arise above it

Derived forms of epigynous

epigyny, noun

Word Origin for epigynous

C19: from epi- + Greek gunē (female organ, pistil) + -ous
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Science definitions for epigynous

[ ĭ-pĭjə-nəs ]

Having floral parts (such as the petals and stamens) attached to or near the upper part of the ovary, as in the flower of the apple, cucumber, or daffodil. Compare hypogynous perigynous.
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