syconium

[ sahy-koh-nee-uh m ]
/ saɪˈkoʊ ni əm /

noun, plural sy·co·ni·a [sahy-koh-nee-uh] /saɪˈkoʊ ni ə/. Botany.

a multiple fruit developed from a hollow fleshy receptacle containing numerous flowers, as in the fig.

Nearby words

  1. sycamore maple,
  2. syce,
  3. sycee,
  4. sycoma,
  5. sycon,
  6. syconoid,
  7. sycophancy,
  8. sycophant,
  9. sycophantic,
  10. sycosiform

Origin of syconium

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek sŷkon fig + New Latin -ium -ium

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British Dictionary definitions for syconium

syconium

/ (saɪˈkəʊnɪəm) /

noun plural -nia (-nɪə)

botany the fleshy fruit of the fig, consisting of a greatly enlarged receptacle completely surrounding the inflorescence

Word Origin for syconium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek sukon fig

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