[hahy-poj-uh-nuh s, hi-]
adjective Botany.
  1. situated on the receptacle beneath the pistil and free of the ovary, as stamens, petals, or sepals.
  2. having stamens, sepals, or petals so arranged.

Origin of hypogynous

First recorded in 1815–25; hypo- + -gynous
Related formshy·pog·y·ny, noun
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  1. (of a flower) having the gynoecium situated above the other floral parts, as in the buttercup
  2. of or relating to the parts of a flower arranged in this way
Derived Formshypogyny, noun
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hypogyny in Science


  1. Having the floral parts, such as sepals, petals, and stamens, borne on the receptacle beneath the ovary. Compare epigynous perigynous.
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