ar·​che·​go·​ni·​um ˌär-ki-ˈgō-nē-əm How to pronounce archegonium (audio)
plural archegonia ˌär-ki-ˈgō-nē-ə How to pronounce archegonium (audio)
: the flask-shaped female sex organ of bryophytes, lower vascular plants (such as ferns), and some gymnosperms
archegonial adjective

Word History


New Latin, from Greek archegonos originator, from archein to begin + gonos procreation; akin to Greek gignesthai to be born — more at arch-, kin

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of archegonium was in 1854

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“Archegonium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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