[hi-pan-thee-uhm, hahy-]
noun, plural hypanthia [hi-pan-thee-uh, hahy-] . Botany.
a cup-shaped or tubular body formed by the conjoined sepals, petals, and stamens.

1850–55; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to hyp- hyp- + anthium < Greek ánthion (ánth(os) flower + -ion diminutive suffix)

hypanthial, adjective
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hypanthium (haɪˈpænθɪəm)
n , pl -thia
botany the cup-shaped or flat receptacle of perigynous or epigynous flowers
[C19: from New Latin, from hypo- + Greek anthion a little flower, from anthos flower]

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hypanthium   (hī-pān'thē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural hypanthia
The ringlike, cup-shaped, or tubular structure of a flower on which the sepals, petals, and stamens are borne, as in the flowers of the rose or cherry. It is formed by the enlargement of the receptacle.
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