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[trik-uh-jahyn, -jin]
noun Botany, Mycology.
  1. a hairlike prolongation of a carpogonium, serving as a receptive organ for the spermatium.
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Origin of trichogyne

1870–75; tricho- + -gyne
Related formstrich·o·gyn·i·al [trik-uh-jin-ee-uh l] /ˌtrɪk əˈdʒɪn i əl/, trich·o·gyn·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trichogyne


  1. a hairlike projection of the female reproductive organs of certain algae, fungi, and lichens, which receives the male gametes before fertilization takes place
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Derived Formstrichogynial or trichogynic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from tricho- + Greek gunē woman
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trichogyne in Science


[trĭkə-jīn′, -gīn′]
  1. A hairlike terminal process forming the receptive part of the female reproductive structure (called the gametangium) in red algae and certain ascomycete and basidiomycete fungi. Male gametes attach themselves to the trichogyne.
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