dichogamy

noun
di·​chog·​a·​my | \ dī-ˈkä-gə-mē How to pronounce dichogamy (audio) \
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 \ dī-​ˈkä-​gə-​məs How to pronounce dichogamous (audio) \ 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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“Dichogamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dichogamy. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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