[puh-roi-kuh s]

adjective Botany.

(of certain mosses) having the male and female reproductive organs beside or near each other.

Also parecious, pa·roe·cious [puh-ree-shuh s] /pəˈri ʃəs/.

Origin of paroicous

1885–90; < Greek pároikos dwelling beside, equivalent to par- par- + oîk(os) house + -os adj. suffix; see -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for paroecious


paroicous (pəˈrɔɪkəs)


(of mosses and related plants) having the male and female reproductive organs at different levels on the same stem

Word Origin for paroecious

C19: from Greek paroikos living nearby, from para- 1 (beside) + oikos house; compare parish
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