[ proh-tuh-jahy-nuh s, -gahy-, proh-toj-uh-nuh s ]
/ ˌproʊ təˈdʒaɪ nəs, -ˈgaɪ-, proʊˈtɒdʒ ə nəs /

adjective Botany.

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/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for protogynous

/ (prəʊˈtɒdʒɪnəs) /


(of plants and hermaphrodite animals) producing female gametes before male onesCompare protandrous

Derived forms of protogynous

protogyny, noun
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