[ puh-rij-uh-nuhs ]

  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

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British Dictionary definitions for perigynous


/ (pəˈrɪdʒɪnəs) /

  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

Origin of perigynous

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

Derived forms of perigynous

  • perigyny, noun

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Scientific definitions for perigynous


[ pə-rĭjə-nəs ]

  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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