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gynaeceum

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[ jin-uh-see-uhm, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh- ]
/ ˌdʒɪn əˈsi əm, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə- /
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noun, plural gyn·ae·ce·a [jin-uh-see-uh, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-]. /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi ə, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/.

(among the ancient Greeks) the part of a dwelling used by women.

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Origin of gynaeceum

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1600–10; <Latin gynaecēum<Greek gynaikeíon, equivalent to gynaik- (stem of gynḗ) woman + -eion noun suffix of place

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[ jin-uh-see-uhm, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh- ]
/ ˌdʒɪn əˈsi əm, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə- /

noun, plural gyn·ae·ce·a [jin-uh-see-uh, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-]. /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi ə, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/. Botany.

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British Dictionary definitions for gynaeceum

gynaeceum
/ (ˌdʒaɪnɪˈsiːəm) /

noun plural -cea (-ˈsiːə)

(in ancient Greece and Rome) the inner section of a house, used as women's quarters
(dʒaɪˈniːsɪəm, ɡaɪ-) a variant spelling of gynoecium

Word Origin for gynaeceum

C17: from Latin: women's apartments, from Greek gunaikeion, from gunē a woman
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