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[te-tram-er-uh s]
  1. consisting of or divided into four parts.
  2. Botany. (of flowers) having the parts of a whorl arranged in fours or multiples of four.
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Origin of tetramerous

1820–30; < New Latin tetramerus < Greek tetramerḗs having four parts. See tetra-, -merous
Related formste·tram·er·ism, noun
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Historical Examples of tetramerous

  • A very minute joint at the base of the claw-joint, in most Tetramerous and Trimerous beetles.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • Some Hopli swarm in the day before noon, and then disappear: most of the tetramerous beetles also appear to be diurnal.

  • Dimerous and tetramerous symmetry occur also among dicotyledons.

British Dictionary definitions for tetramerous


  1. (esp of animals or plants) having or consisting of four parts
  2. (of certain flowers) having parts arranged in whorls of four members
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Derived Formstetramerism, noun

Word Origin for tetramerous

C19: from New Latin tetramerus, from Greek tetramerēs
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tetramerous in Science


  1. Having four similar segments or parts.
  2. Having flower parts, such as petals, sepals, and stamens, in sets of four.
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