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unisexual

[ yoo-nuh-sek-shoo-uhl ]

adjective

  1. of or relating to one sex only.
  2. having only male or female organs in one individual, as an animal or a flower.


unisexual

/ ˌjuːnɪˈsɛksjʊəl /

adjective

  1. of or relating to one sex only
  2. (of some organisms) having either male or female reproductive organs but not both


unisexual

/ yo̅o̅′nĭ-sĕksho̅o̅-əl /

  1. Having the sex organs of only one sex; not hermaphroditic. Used of organisms.
  2. Having stamens and pistils in separate flowers borne on the same plant; diclinous. Used of flowers.


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Derived Forms

  • ˌuniˌsexuˈality, noun
  • ˌuniˈsexually, adverb
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Other Words From

  • uni·sexu·ali·ty noun
  • uni·sexu·al·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of unisexual1

First recorded in 1795–1805; uni- + sexual
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Example Sentences

The leaves are alternate, lanceolate, with a silvery surface; and the flowers are small, green and unisexual.

They are mostly inconspicuous plants, with small flowers which are sometimes unisexual.

Flowers small, unisexual, dicious (male and female flowers on separate plants), sometimes enclosed in calyx-like bracts.

Chenopodiace—Herbs with jointed stems and small unisexual or bisexual flowers.

But exactly the same might be said of any other tribe of unisexual animals.

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