Definition of autoecious in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːˈtiːʃ(ɪ)əs/


  • 1Mycology
    Of parasitic fungi (especially rusts and smuts): inhabiting the same host throughout their life.

  • 2Botany
    Of a bryophyte or its inflorescence: having both male and female sexual organs (antheridia and archegonia), but on separate shoots; also called autoicous.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Sydney Vines (1849–1934), botanist. From auto- + -oecious, in sense 1 after German autoecisch.