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[sek-uh n-dahyn, -din]
noun Botany.
  1. the inner integument of an ovule.
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Compare primine.

Origin of secundine

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin secundīnae (plural) afterbirth
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Historical Examples of secundine

  • Eventually the end of the thin brittle primine breaks like an eggshell and the secundine falls out.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

    Thomas Mitchell

  • The third thing which makes up the secundine in the alantois, of which there is a great dispute amongst anatomists.

British Dictionary definitions for secundine


  1. botany rare one of the two integuments surrounding the ovule of a plant
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Word Origin for secundine

C17: from Late Latin secundīnae, from Latin secundus following + -ine . See second 1
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Word Origin and History for secundine


"afterbirth," from Late Latin secundinae (plural), from Latin secundae "the afterbirth," shortened from secundae membranae, literally "the second membranes," from secundus "second" (see second (adj.)). Related: Secundines.

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