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or tri·e·cious

[trahy-ee-shuh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. of or relating to a species having male, female, and hermaphrodite flowers on different plants.
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Origin of trioecious

1855–60; < New Latin Trioeci(a) former order name (Greek tri- tri- + oikía, plural of oikíon house, equivalent to oîk(os) house + -ion diminutive suffix) + -ous
Related formstri·oe·cious·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for trioecious



  1. (of a plant species) having male, female, and hermaphrodite flowers in three different plants
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin trioecia, from Greek tri- + oikos house
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