Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having two types of females, one able to reproduce sexually, the other infertile, as in ants.

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  • adj. Having females very unlike the males in form and structure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having females very unlike the males in form and structure; -- as certain insects, the males of which are winged, and the females wingless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the females of two different kinds, one sexual, the other abortive or neuter, as the ants; specifically, pertaining to or having the characters of the Heterogyna.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek

Examples

  • "Hard to pull a man's name to pieces before his face – ha, ha! but I am – a – not one thing myself – a kind of heterogynous – I am a piece of a physician, and a little in the agricultural line also; so it's all fair."

    Queechy

  • "Hard to pull a man's name to pieces before his face — ha, ha! but I am — a — not one thing myself — a kind of heterogynous —

    Queechy, Volume I

  • External differences apparently so small, and which might elsewhere be deemed inadequate to the establishment of genera, become important in this remarkable family, from their being confirmed by the structure of the trophi, and the strong distinctions exhibited in their females in every instance that has yet presented itself to me, wherever I have had the certainty of specific identity in these heterogynous insects, from the direct observation of my friends in Australia.

    Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia, Volume 2

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