di·​oe·​cious | \ (ˌ)dī-ˈē-shəs How to pronounce dioecious (audio) \

Definition of dioecious

1 : having male reproductive organs in one individual and female in another
2 : having staminate and pistillate flowers borne on different individuals

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Other Words from dioecious

dioecism \ (ˌ)dī-​ˈē-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce dioecism (audio) \ noun
dioecy \ ˈdī-​ˌē-​sē How to pronounce dioecy (audio) \ noun

Examples of dioecious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hollies are dioecious, Lorimer added, meaning there are separate male and female plants. BostonGlobe.com, "From Christmas decorations to classic holiday songs like “Deck The Halls,” holly is a traditional part of the Christmas season. It’s pointy-edged, dark green leaves and bright red berries are commonly used to make festive looking wreaths that adorn doorways and windows this time of year.," 5 Dec. 2019 Ryan Nelson of Western Springs misspelled dioecious in the second round. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale boy falls just short of finals in National Spelling Bee; two from Western Springs school also eliminated," 31 May 2018 Willows are dioecious; that is, male trees produce only male flowers, and female trees produce only female flowers. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Spring Arrives on Kitten’s Paws," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dioecious

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dioecious

ultimately from Greek di- + oikos

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The first known use of dioecious was in 1752

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Cite this Entry

“Dioecious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dioecious. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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