hy·​pan·​thi·​um hī-ˈpan(t)-thē-əm How to pronounce hypanthium (audio)
plural hypanthia hī-ˈpan(t)-thē-ə How to pronounce hypanthium (audio)
: an enlargement of the floral receptacle bearing on its rim the stamens, petals, and sepals and often enlarging and surrounding the fruits (as in the rose hip)

Word History


New Latin, from hypo- + anth- + -ium

First Known Use

circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypanthium was circa 1855

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“Hypanthium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypanthium. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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