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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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