protogyny

noun

pro·​tog·​y·​ny
prōˈtäjənē
plural -es
: a state in hermaphroditic systems that is characterized by development of female organs or maturation of their products before the appearance of the corresponding male product thus inhibiting self-fertilization and that is encountered in apples, pears, figworts, and among several groups of invertebrate animals compare protandry

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary protogynous + -y

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“Protogyny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protogyny. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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