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

  • adj. Having sepals, petals, and stamens around the edge of a cuplike receptacle containing the ovary, as in flowers of the rose or cherry.
  • adj. Of or being perigynous flower parts: perigynous stamens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the stamens, petals or sepals situated around the ovary (especially, on the rim of the receptacle of a superior ovary).
  • adj. Having a hypanthium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the ovary free, but the petals and stamens borne on the calyx; -- said of flower such as that of the cherry or peach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, surrounding the pistil: specifically applied to a flower in which there is a tubular ring or sheath surrounding the pistil and upon which the various parts of the flower are inserted.

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