androdioecious

adjective

an·​dro·​di·​oe·​cious
variants or androdiecious
¦an-drō-(ˌ)dī-¦ē-shəs
: having perfect and staminate flowers on different plants
androdioecism
ˌan-drō-ˌdī-ˈē-ˌsi-zəm
noun
androdioecy
ˌan-drō-ˈdī-ˌē-sē
noun
They estimate that less than 1 percent of flowering plants have both hermaphroditic and male plants, a mating system called androdioecy. Susan Milius, Science News, 14 Aug. 1999

Word History

Etymology

andr- + dioecious, diecious

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of androdioecious was in 1878

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“Androdioecious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/androdioecious. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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