variants or less commonly autoecious
: having male and female organs on the same plant but on separate branches
certain mosses are autoicous
compare dioicous, paroicous, synoicous

Word History


aut- + -oicous, -oecious (from Greek oikos dwelling + English -ous)

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autoicous was in 1875

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“Autoicous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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