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hypanthium

[ hi-pan-thee-uhm, hahy- ]
/ hɪˈpæn θi əm, haɪ- /
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noun, plural hy·pan·thi·a [hi-pan-thee-uh, hahy-]. /hɪˈpæn θi ə, haɪ-/. Botany.
a cup-shaped or tubular body formed by the conjoined sepals, petals, and stamens.
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Origin of hypanthium

1850–55; <New Latin, equivalent to hyp-hyp- + anthium<Greek ánthion (ánth(os) flower + -ion diminutive suffix)

OTHER WORDS FROM hypanthium

hy·pan·thi·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypanthium

hypanthium
/ (haɪˈpænθɪəm) /

noun plural -thia (-θɪə)
botany the cup-shaped or flat receptacle of perigynous or epigynous flowers

Derived forms of hypanthium

hypanthial, adjective

Word Origin for hypanthium

C19: from New Latin, from hypo- + Greek anthion a little flower, from anthos flower
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Scientific definitions for hypanthium

hypanthium
[ hī-pănthē-əm ]

Plural hypanthia
The ringlike, cup-shaped, or tubular structure of a flower on which the sepals, petals, and stamens are borne, as in the flowers of the rose or cherry. It is formed by the enlargement of the receptacle.
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