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gynaeceum1

[jin-uh-see-uh m, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi əm, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/
noun, plural gynaecea
[jin-uh-see-uh, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi ə, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/ (Show IPA)
1.
(among the ancient Greeks) the part of a dwelling used by women.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin gynaecēum < Greek gynaikeíon, equivalent to gynaik- (stem of gynḗ) woman + -eion noun suffix of place

gynaeceum2

[jin-uh-see-uh m, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi əm, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/
noun, plural gynaecea
[jin-uh-see-uh, gahy-nuh-, jahy-nuh-] /ˌdʒɪn əˈsi ə, ˌgaɪ nə-, ˌdʒaɪ nə-/ (Show IPA).
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British Dictionary definitions for gynaeceum

gynaeceum

/ˌdʒaɪnɪˈsiːəm/
noun (pl) -cea (-ˈsiːə)
1.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) the inner section of a house, used as women's quarters
2.
(dʒaɪˈniːsɪəm; ɡaɪ-) a variant spelling of gynoecium
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: women's apartments, from Greek gunaikeion, from gunē a woman

gynoecium

/dʒaɪˈniːsɪəm; ɡaɪ-/
noun (pl) -cia, -cea (-sɪə)
1.
the carpels of a flowering plant collectively
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Greek gunaikeion women's quarters, from gunaik-, gunē woman + -eion, suffix indicating place
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