protandry

noun prot·an·dry \-drē\

Definition of protandry

plural

-es

  1. 1 :  a state in hermaphroditic systems that is characterized by the development of male organs or maturation of their products before the appearance of the corresponding female product thus inhibiting self-fertilization and that is encountered commonly in mints, legumes, and composites and among diverse groups of invertebrate animals — compare protogyny

  2. 2 [prot- + andr- + -y] :  the appearance of male insects earlier in the season than females of the same species

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Origin and Etymology of protandry

International Scientific Vocabulary prot- + -andry


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