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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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