dichogamy

noun di·chog·a·my \ dī-ˈkä-gə-mē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of dichogamy

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

dichogamous

play \-gə-məs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of 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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