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[ahr-ki-goh-nee-uh m] /ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni əm/
noun, plural archegonia
[ahr-ki-goh-nee-uh] /ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni ə/ (Show IPA).
the female reproductive organ in ferns, mosses, etc.
Origin of archegonium
1850-55; < New Latin, equivalent to archegon- (< Greek archégonos first of a race; see arche-, gono-) + -ium < Greek -ion diminutive suffix
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archegonial, archegoniate
[ahr-ki-goh-nee-it, -eyt] /ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə)
a female sex organ, occurring in mosses, spore-bearing vascular plants, and gymnosperms, that produces a single egg cell in its swollen base
Derived Forms
archegoniate, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek arkhegonos original parent, from arkhe- chief, first + gonos seed, race
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Plural archegonia
The egg-producing organ occurring in bryophytes (such as mosses and liverworts), ferns, and most gymnosperms. The archegonium is a multicellular, often flask-shaped structure that contains a single egg. Compare antheridium.
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