Words nearby -gynous
WORDS THAT USE -GYNOUS
What does -gynous mean?
In terms from botany, -gynous specifically means “having pistils,” the seed-bearing female organ of a flower.
The form -gynous comes from Greek -gynos, roughly meaning “female.”
What are variants of -gynous?
While -gynous doesn’t have any variants, it is related to other combining forms: gyn- , -gyne, gynec-, gyneco-, gyno-, and and -gyny. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.
Examples of -gynous
One example of a word you may have encountered that features the form -gynous is androgynous, “neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance.” Androgynous comes from Greek andrógynos, meaning “hermaphrodite,” which uses the equivalent form of -gynous.
The andro- part of the word means “male,” from Greek anḗr, while the form -gynous means “of females.” Androgynous literally means roughly “like a male and a female.”
What are some words that use the combining form -gynous?
- perigynous (using the equivalent form of -gynous in Latin)
- polygynous (using the equivalent form of -gynous in Greek)
What are some other forms that -gynous may be commonly confused with?
How to use -gynous in a sentence
The names were coined by prefixing Greek numerals to -gynia used for gynœcium, and changed into adjectives in the form of -gynous.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray