gametangium

[gam-i-tan-jee-uh m]

noun, plural gam·e·tan·gi·a [gam-i-tan-jee-uh] /ˌgæm ɪˈtæn dʒi ə/. Botany.

an organ or body bearing gametes, as in mosses and liverworts.

Nearby words

  1. gamesome,
  2. gamesomely,
  3. gamester,
  4. gamet-,
  5. gametal,
  6. gamete,
  7. gamete intrafallopian transfer,
  8. gametic,
  9. gameto-,
  10. gametocide

Origin of gametangium

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at gamet-, angio-, -ium

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British Dictionary definitions for gametangium

gametangium

noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)

biology an organ or cell in which gametes are produced, esp in algae and fungi
Derived Formsgametangial, adjective

Word Origin for gametangium

C19: New Latin, from gameto- + Greek angeion vessel

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Science definitions for gametangium

gametangium

[găm′ĭ-tănjē-əm]

Plural gametangia

An organ or a cell in which gametes are produced, such as those of fungi, algae, mosses, and ferns.
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