[ hi-pan-thee-uh m, hahy- ]
/ hɪˈpæn θi əm, haɪ- /

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.

Origin of hypanthium

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

Related forms

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


/ (haɪˈpænθɪəm) /

noun plural -thia (-θɪə)

botany the cup-shaped or flat receptacle of perigynous or epigynous flowers

Derived Forms

hypanthial, adjective

Word Origin for hypanthium

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