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1. The state or condition of having a specified number of women or females: monogyny.
a. The condition of being situated in a specified place with respect to female plant organs: epigyny.
b. The condition of having a specified number or kind of female plant organs: protogyny.

[From Greek gunē, woman; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.]


a combining form meaning “taking the attitude toward women” specified by the initial element ( misogynous), “having wives” of the specified number ( polygynous), “having the parts of a flower organized” in the position or manner specified (epigynous).
[< Greek -gynos]