Womanly Words – Gyn
Well, I couldn’t let the men have all the fun. English has a lot of words that contain the Greek root meaning woman or female – gyn. This appears at the start or in the middle of many common words. As with the andr- words, many of these have biological or scientific origins. Here’s a list to start you off:
acrogynous – plants having female organs at the top of the stem
androgynoid – a male with female features
androgynous – having both male and female characteristics; also applies in botany.
apogynous, apogyny – referring to the condition of having non working female reproductive organs
calligyniaphobia – a fear of beautiful women (if you’re scared of all women, then you have gynephobia or gynecophobia)
ergatogynous – describes insects who have worker females
gyneceum – harem or woman’s house
gynander – woman who has male characteristics (gyndandrous refers to plants)
gynarchy – government run by women
gynecentric – regarding women as primary or central
gynecium – the pistil, or female part of a flower
gynecogen – something that stimulates female sexual characteristics (hormone)
gynecology – the study and treatment of diseases that affect women’s reproductive systems
gynogamete – ovum
gynoid – robot shaped like a woman
Many more here.
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