an·​droe·​ci·​um an-ˈdrē-shē-əm How to pronounce androecium (audio)
plural androecia an-ˈdrē-shē-ə How to pronounce androecium (audio)
: the aggregate of stamens in the flower of a seed plant

Word History


borrowed from New Latin androeceum, from andr- andr- + Greek oîkos "house, home" + -eum, for Greek -eion, noun suffix — more at vicinity

Note: Regarding the introduction of this term see the etymology note at gynoecium.

First Known Use

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of androecium was circa 1836

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“Androecium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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