archegoniate

archegonium

[ahr-ki-goh-nee-uhm]
noun, plural archegonia [ahr-ki-goh-nee-uh] . Botany.
the female reproductive organ in ferns, mosses, etc.

Origin:
1850–55; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to archegon- (< Greek archégonos first of a race; see arche-, gono-) + -ium < Greek -ion diminutive suffix

archegonial, archegoniate [ahr-ki-goh-nee-it, -eyt] , adjective
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archegonium (ˌɑːkɪˈɡəʊnɪəm)
 
n , pl -nia
a female sex organ, occurring in mosses, spore-bearing vascular plants, and gymnosperms, that produces a single egg cell in its swollen base
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek arkhegonos original parent, from arkhe- chief, first + gonos seed, race]
 
arche'goniate
 
adj

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archegonium   (är'kĭ-gō'nē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
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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