dioeciously, adv.dioeciousness, n.dioecism /duy ee"siz euhm/, n.
/duy ee"sheuhs/, adj. Biol.
(esp. of plants) having the male and female organs in separate and distinct individuals; having separate sexes.
Also, diecious.
[1740-50; < NL Dioeci(a) a class name (di- DI-1 + Gk oikía a house, dwelling, sp. var. of OÎKOS) + -OUS]

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