archegonium


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ar·che·go·ni·um

 (är′kĭ-gō′nē-əm)
n. pl. ar·che·go·ni·a (-nē-ə)
A multicellular, often flask-shaped, egg-producing organ occurring in mosses, liverworts, ferns, and most gymnosperms.

[New Latin, from Greek arkhegonos, original : arkhe-, arkhi-, archi- + gonos, offspring; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ar′che·go′ni·al adj.
ar′che·go′ni·ate (-ĭt) adj.
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archegonium

(ˌɑːkɪˈɡəʊnɪəm)
n, pl -nia (-nɪə)
(Botany) a female sex organ, occurring in mosses, spore-bearing vascular plants, and gymnosperms, that produces a single egg cell in its swollen base
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek arkhegonos original parent, from arkhe- chief, first + gonos seed, race]
ˌarcheˈgoniate adj
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ar•che•go•ni•um

(ˌɑr kɪˈgoʊ ni əm)

n., pl. -ni•a (-ni ə)
a flask-shaped female reproductive organ of ferns, mosses, and most gymnosperms that contains the gamete.
[1850–55]
ar`che•go′ni•al, ar`che•go′ni•ate (-ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt) adj.
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Noun1.archegonium - a female sex organ occurring in mosses, ferns, and most gymnosperms
plant organ - a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
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References in periodicals archive ?
venter Swollen part of the archegonium, containing the egg.
A female gametophyte with a single archegonium; also in Torreya (Coulter & Land, 1905).
The development of the antheridium (male multicellular sex organ) and the archegonium (female multicellular sex organ) were important advancements in the success of land plants.