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Biology Having the male and female reproductive organs, especially flowers, on different individuals.
di·oe′cism (-sĭz′əm) n.
di′oe′cy (-sē) n.
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dioeciousadjective Referring to the biological property in which a particular group of organisms has two distinct—male and female—sexual states.
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dioecious(of plants) having male flowers carried by one individual and female flowers carried by another individual. The willow is an example of a dioecious plant. The term literally means ‘having two homes’. Compare MONOECIOUS.
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