variants or before a vowel gyn-
: woman : female
: female reproductive organ : ovary

Word History


Greek gynḗ "woman" + -o- — more at queen entry 1

Note: In ancient Greek the compounding form of the word gynḗ "woman" was regularly gynaiko-, formed from the stem gynaik- and the combining vowel -o-. The only apparent exception in Liddell and Scott is the word gýnandros, attested earliest in a fragment attributed to Sophocles (see gynandrous), which contains the bare stem gyn-. Possibly following the example of gynandrous, gyno- came to be used in botany, as in the genus name Gynocardia (1819) and in gynoecium (see the etymology and note). More recently gyno- has become simply a variant of gyneco- in Greco-Latin compounds.

Dictionary Entries Near gyno-

Cite this Entry

“Gyno-.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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