pe·​rig·​y·​nous pə-ˈri-jə-nəs How to pronounce perigynous (audio)
: borne on a ring or cup of the receptacle surrounding a pistil
perigynous petals
also : having perigynous stamens and petals
perigynous flowers
perigyny noun

Word History


borrowed from New Latin perigynus, from peri- peri- + -gynus -gynous

Note: The term was apparently introduced, along with epigynus epigynous, by the French botanist Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748-1836) in Genera plantarum secundum ordines rationales disposita (Paris, 1789), p. xiii.

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perigynous was in 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Perigynous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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