- a sex gland in which gametes are produced; an ovary or testis.
Origin of gonad
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- an animal organ in which gametes are produced, such as a testis or an ovary
- slang a foolish or stupid person
Word Origin for gonad
C19: from New Latin gonas, from Greek gonos seed
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Word Origin and History for gonadal
1880, from Modern Latin gonas (plural gonades), coined from Greek gone, gonos "seed, act of generation, race, family," from gignesthai "be born," related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus). Related: gonads.
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- An organ that produces gametes, especially a testis or an ovary.
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- An organ in animals that produces reproductive cells (gametes). The ovary and testis are gonads.
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