variants or less commonly paroecious
: having archegonia and antheridia on the same branch with the antheridia usually below and around the archegonia compare autoicous, heteroicous, monoicous, polyoicous, synoicous

Word History


para- entry 1 + -oicous, -oecious (from Greek oikos house + English -ous)

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“Paroicous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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