dichogamy

noun
di·chog·a·my | \dī-ˈkä-gə-mē \
plural dichogamies

Definition of dichogamy 

: the production of male and female reproductive elements at different times by a hermaphroditic organism in order to ensure cross-fertilization

Other Words from dichogamy

dichogamous \-gə-məs \ adjective

First Known Use of dichogamy

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dichogamy

borrowed from New Latin dichogamia & German Dichogamie, from dicho- dicho- + -gamia, -gamie -gamy

Note: Term introduced in both German and Latin by the German naturalist Christian Konrad Sprengel (1750-1816) in Das entdeckte Geheimnis der Natur im Bau und in der Befruchtung der Blumen (Berlin, 1793), p. 17/18.

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