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di·oe·ciousalso di·e·cious (dī-ē′shəs)
Biology Having the male and female reproductive organs, especially flowers, on different individuals.
[From New Latin Dioecia, former class name : di- + Greek oikiā, a dwelling; see weik-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
di·oe′cism (-sĭz′əm) n.
di′oe′cy (-sē) n.
(Botany) (of some plants) having the male and female reproductive organs in separate flowers on separate plants. Compare monoecious
[C18: from New Latin Dioecia name of class, from di1 + Greek oikia house, dwelling]
diˈoeciously, diˈeciously, diˈoicously adv
diˈoeciousness, diˈeciousness, diˈoicousness n
or di•e•cious(daɪˈi ʃəs)
(esp. of plants) having the male and female organs in separate and distinct individuals; having separate sexes.
[1740–50; < New Latin Dioeci(a) a Linnaean class of plants having this feature]
di•oe′cism (-sɪz əm) n.
Having male flowers on one plant and female flowers on another plant of the same species. The holly and asparagus plants are dioecious. Compare monoecious.
A term that indicates that male and female flowers are produced on separate plants.