[puh-rij-uh-nuh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. situated around the pistil on the edge of a cuplike receptacle, as stamens or petals.
  2. having stamens, petals, etc., so arranged.

Origin of perigynous

From the New Latin word perigynus, dating back to 1800–10. See peri-, -gynous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for perigynous


  1. (of a flower) having a concave or flat receptacle with the gynoecium and other floral parts at the same level, as in the rose
  2. of or relating to the parts of a flower arranged in this way
Derived Formsperigyny, noun

Word Origin for perigynous

C19: from New Latin perigynus; see peri-, -gynous
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perigynous in Science


  1. Having sepals, petals, and stamens around the edge of a cuplike receptacle (the hypanthium) containing the pistil, as in flowers of the rose or cherry. Compare epigynous hypogynous.
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