Dictionary: GYM'NO-SPERM – GYR'ON

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GYM'NO-SPERM, n. [Gr. γυμνος, naked, σπερμα, seed.]

In botany, a plant that bears naked seeds.

GYM-NO-SPERM'OUS, a. [supra.]

Having naked seeds, or seeds not inclosed in a capsule or other vessel.


A naked person.

GYN, v.t.

To begin. [Obs.]

GY-NAN'DER, n. [Gr. γυνη, a female, and ανηρ, a male.]

In botany, a plant whose stamens are inserted in the pistil.


Having stamens inserted in the pistil.

GYN'AR-CHY, n. [Gr. γυνη, woman, and αρχη, rule.]

Government by a female. Chesterfield.


Relating to women.

GYN-E-OC'RA-CY, n. [Gr. γυνη, and κρατεω.]

A government in which a woman may rule or preside. Selden.

GYN'O-PHORE, n. [Gr. γυνη, and φοροω.]

  1. In botany, the stalk of a carpel. Lindley.
  2. The pedicel on which stands the ovary in certain flowers, as in the passion flower.

GYP'SE-OUS, a. [See Gypsum.]

Of the nature of gypsum; partaking of the qualities of gypsum; resembling gypsum.

GYP'SEY, or GYP'SY, n. [See GIPSY.]


Producing gypsum.

GYP'SUM, n. [L. from Gr. γυψος; Ch. גופיס and גפס to overspread with plaster; Ar. جِبْسِينٌ gibsinin.]

Plaster stone; sulphate of lime; a mineral not unfrequently found in crystals, often in amorphous masses. There are several subspecies and varieties; as, the foliated, compact, earthy, granular, snowy, and branchy. Cleaveland. Gypsum is of great use in agriculture and the arts. As a manure, it is invaluable.

GY'RAL, a. [See Gyre.]

Whirling; moving in a circular a form.


In botany, winding or going round, as in a circle. Lindley.

GY-RA'TION, n. [L. gyratio. See Gyre.]

A turning or whirling round; a circular motion. Newton.


Moving in a circle.

GYRE, n. [L. gyrus; Gr. γυρος. Class Gr.]

A circular motion, or a circle described by a moving body; a turn. Quick and more quick be spins in giddy gyres. Dryden.

GYR'ED, a.

Falling in rings. Shak.

GYR'FAL-CON, n. [Fr. gerfault. This is said to be in Latin hierofalco, from Gr. ἱερος, sacred, and falco, and so named from the veneration of the Egyptians for hawks. Cuvier.]

A species of Falco, or hawk.


The fossil seed of the chara, a plant found in ponds and ditches; once supposed to be shells. Mantell.

GYR-O'MA, n. [Gr.]

A turning round. Smith.

GYR'O-MAN-CY, n. [Gr. γυρος, a circuit, and μαντεια, divination.]

A kind of divination performed by walking round in a circle or ring. Cyc.

GYR'ON, n.

In heraldry, an ordinary consisting of two lines from several parts of the escutcheon, meeting in the fesse point. Ash.