gynarchy
n. [Gr. gyne, woman; archon, leader]
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
In social insects, a colony organization in which a female initiates and dominates.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Gynarchy — Gyn ar*chy (j[i^]n [.a]r*k[y^]), n. [Gr. gynh a woman + archy.] Government by a woman. Chesterfield. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gynarchy — government by women or a woman, 1570s, from Gk. gyne (see QUEEN (Cf. queen)) + arkhe (see ARCHON (Cf. archon)). Gynaecocracy and gyneocracy attested from 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

  • gynarchy — [gī′nər kē, jin′ərkē] n. pl. gynarchies [ GYN + ARCHY] GYNECOCRACY …   English World dictionary

  • gynarchy — gynarchic /ji nahr kik, guy , juy /, adj. /jin euhr kee, guy neuhr , juy neuhr /, n., pl. gynarchies. government by women. [1570 80; GYN + ARCHY] * * * …   Universalium

  • gynarchy — noun A government ruled by a woman or women. Syn: matriarchy, gynecocracy …   Wiktionary

  • gynarchy — government by women Forms of Government …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • gynarchy — [ gʌɪnα:ki, dʒʌɪ ] noun (plural gynarchies) rule by women or a woman …   English new terms dictionary

  • gynarchy — gynar·chy …   English syllables

  • gynarchy — Rulership by women …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • gynarchy — /ˈgaɪnaki/ (say guynahkee) noun (plural gynarchies) government by a woman or women …   Australian English dictionary

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