noun gon·o·cho·rism \¦gänə¦kōrˌizəm\

Definition of gonochorism



  1. 1 :  dioecism

  2. 2 :  the development or evolution of sex


\¦gänəkō¦rizməl\ adjective

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of gonochorism

International Scientific Vocabulary gon- + -chorism (from Greek chōrismos separation, from chōrizein to separate); originally formed as German gonochorismus — more at chorisis

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gonochorism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!