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

  • adj. Having the floral parts, such as sepals, petals, and stamens, borne on the receptacle beneath the ovary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a flower, having a superior ovary, attached directly to the receptacle like other floral parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inserted below the pistil or pistils; -- said of sepals, petals, and stamens; having the sepals, petals, and stamens inserted below the pistil; -- said of a flower or a plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, situated beneath the pistil: applied to parts which, as in the Ranunculace├Ž, are inserted or borne on the receptacle of the flower, which has the sepals, petals, numerous stamens, and many or few pistils, all distinct and unconnected and inserted upon the torus or axis, with the pistils at the summit.


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