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dioecy in Ilex aquifolium: (above) Holly shoot with flowers from male plant; (top right) male flower enlarged, showing stamens with pollen and reduced, sterile stigma; (below) shoot with flowers from female plant; (lower right) female flower enlarged, showing stigma and reduced, sterile stamens (staminodes) with no pollen

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From Ancient Greek δι- (di-, two) +‎ οἰκία (oikía, house, family, tribe).

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dioecy (uncountable)

  1. (botany) The condition of being dioecious, namely having separate genders, especially of plants.

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