heterogynous

[ het-uh-roj-uh-nuh s ]
/ ˌhɛt əˈrɒdʒ ə nəs /

adjective Zoology.

having females of two different kinds, one sexual and the other abortive or neuter, as ants.

Nearby words

  1. heterogenous vaccine,
  2. heterogonous,
  3. heterogony,
  4. heterograft,
  5. heterography,
  6. heterokaryon,
  7. heterokaryosis,
  8. heterokinesis,
  9. heterokont,
  10. heterolalia

Origin of heterogynous

First recorded in 1850–55; hetero- + -gynous

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British Dictionary definitions for heterogynous

heterogynous

/ (ˌhɛtəˈrɒdʒɪnəs) /

adjective

(of ants, bees, etc) having two types of female, one fertile and the other infertile
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