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.

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

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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venter Swollen part of the archegonium, containing the egg.
Reduced female gametophyte: this is characterized by the presence of a single archegonium in very reduced circumstances as the egg (cf.
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.