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a combining form meaning “male,” occurring as final element of a compound word: polyandrous.
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Origin of -androus

<New Latin -andrus.See andr-, -ous
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What does -androus mean?

The combining form -androus is used like a suffix meaning “male.” It is very occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in botany.

In terms from botany, -androus is used to specifically indicate the number or type of stamens, the pollen-bearing organ of a flower. In some terms, such as polyandrous, the form is used to indicate “husband.”

The form -androus comes from Latin -andrus, essentially meaning “male.”  This suffix, in turn, derives from Greek anḗr, “man.”

What are variants of -androus?

While -androus doesn’t have any variants, it is related to other combining forms: andro-, andr-, and -andry. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.

Examples of -androus

One example of a term from botany that features the form -androus is diandrous, “having two stamens.” Diandrous comes from Latin diandrus, which uses the equivalent form of -androus.

The form di- means “two” or “twice,” from Greek dís, and -androus means “male.” Diandrous literally translates to “twice male.”

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The combining form mon- means “one.” With this in mind, what does the botanical term monandrous mean?

British Dictionary definitions for -androus


adj combining form
(in botany) indicating number or type of stamensdiandrous

Word Origin for -androus

from New Latin -andrus, from Greek -andros, from anēr man
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