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[krip-tuh-gam] /ˈkrɪp təˌgæm/
noun, Botany.
any of the Cryptogamia, a former primary division of plants that have no true flowers or seeds and that reproduce by spores, as the ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae.
Origin of cryptogam
From the New Latin word Cryptogamia, dating back to 1840-50. See crypto-, -gamy
Related forms
cryptogamic, cryptogamous
[krip-tog-uh-muh s] /krɪpˈtɒg ə məs/ (Show IPA),
cryptogamical, adjective
cryptogamist, noun
cryptogamy, noun Unabridged
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(in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and ferns Compare phanerogam
Derived Forms
cryptogamic, cryptogamous (krɪpˈtɒɡəməs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage
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