Meaning of hypogynous in English:


Pronunciation /hʌɪˈpɒdʒɪnəs/


  • (of a plant or flower) having the stamens and other floral parts situated below the carpels (or gynoecium).

    Compare with epigynous, perigynous

    ‘The hypogynous, 5-lobed nectariferous disc considerably exceeds the ovary in volume.’
    • ‘Flowers are purplish-pink in colour and are hypogynous.’
    • ‘A flower is hypogynous if the perianth and androecium are inserted around the base of the gynoecium.’
    • ‘Ranunculus, which is also hypogynous, will illustrate the development of the simple ovary.’
    • ‘This photo of Solomon's seal shows another example of a superior ovary and hypogynous insertion.’


Early 19th century from modern Latin hypogynus, from hypo-‘below’ + gunē ‘woman’ (used to represent ‘pistil’) + -ous.