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[hi-pan-thee-uh m, hahy-] /hɪˈpæn θi əm, haɪ-/
noun, plural hypanthia
[hi-pan-thee-uh, hahy-] /hɪˈpæn θi ə, haɪ-/ (Show IPA).
a cup-shaped or tubular body formed by the conjoined sepals, petals, and stamens.
1850-55; < New Latin, equivalent to hyp- hyp- + anthium < Greek ánthion (ánth(os) flower + -ion diminutive suffix)
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hypanthial, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hypanthium


noun (pl) -thia (-θɪə)
(botany) the cup-shaped or flat receptacle of perigynous or epigynous flowers
Derived Forms
hypanthial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from hypo- + Greek anthion a little flower, from anthos flower
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hypanthium in Science
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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