tricho·​gyne ˈtri-kə-ˌjīn How to pronounce trichogyne (audio)
: a slender terminal prolongation of the ascogonium of a fungus that may serve as a fertilization tube
also : a similar reproductive structure in a red alga

Word History


borrowed from French, from tricho- tricho- + -gyne, borrowed from New Latin -gynus "situated (in a specified place) in relation to a female organ," borrowed from Greek -gynos "relating to or having (such or so many) wives," derivative of gynḗ "woman, wife" — more at queen entry 1

Note: The term was introduced by the French botanists Jean-Baptiste Édouard Bornet (1828-1911) and Gustave Adolphe Thuret (1817-75) in "Sur la fécondation des Floridées," Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des Sciences, tome 63ème (juillet-décembre 1866), pp. 444-47.

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trichogyne was circa 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Trichogyne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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