Tag Archives: Glossary

Word of the Week: Dioecious

dioecious [ dahy-ee-shuhs ] adjective: plant species having male and female reproductive organs on different individual plants The majority of plants reproduce via “perfect” flowers,…having both male and female organs within the same plant…Dioecious species have separate male and female plants.

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Word of the Week: Phototropism

phototropism [ foh-to-truh-piz-uhm, foh-toh-troh-piz-uhm ] noun: growth or movement of an organism stimulated by light either toward or away from the light source

This WoW is more aptly a Word of the Day in recognition of National Houseplant Appreciation Day.
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Word of the Week: Drupe

drupe [ droop ] noun: a fleshy, simple fruit with a central stone containing the seed

Shiny evergreen leaves and red fruit make holly a desirable decoration for the winter season. Although its red fruit is often called a berry, it is actually a drupe.
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The Glossary Project and “Word of the Week”

To back up and bolster the wealth of original content provided on our Web site, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) has begun building a glossary of horticultural and botanical terms…As we undertake this effort, we plan to share our work in progress through a new feature on our site, a weekly posting to be called “Word of the Week” (WoW) that offers new word explorations in manageable, and, we hope, at least sometimes entertaining bites – with photographs to illustrate the terms and concepts. Continue reading

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