plural androconia
: any of certain modified scales associated with glandular structures on the forewings of the male of some butterflies and moths and concerned with the production of an odor attractive to members of the opposite sex

Word History


New Latin, from andr- + Greek konis dust + New Latin -ium

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of androconium was in 1876

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“Androconium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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