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[proh-tuh-jahy-nuh s, -gahy-, proh-toj-uh-nuh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. of or relating to a flower in which the shedding of pollen occurs after the stigma has stopped being receptive; having female sex organs maturing before the male.
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Also pro·te·ro·gy·nous [proh-ter-uh-jahy-nuh s, -gahy-, proh-tuh-roj-uh-nuh s] /ˌproʊ tər əˈdʒaɪ nəs, -ˈgaɪ-, ˌproʊ təˈrɒdʒ ə nəs/.
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Historical Examples of protogynous

  • Proterogynous or Protogynous, the stigmas first to mature, 116.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for protogynous


  1. (of plants and hermaphrodite animals) producing female gametes before male onesCompare protandrous
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Derived Formsprotogyny, noun
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