- 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
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This irritation induces abnormal proliferation of epithelium, upon which the spores of the cryptogam then germinate.
The papilla continues to elongate and the cryptogam to increase, until finally it invades nearly the entire length of the papilla.
They mock at wounds who never confronted a foe more tangible than a Baconian cryptogam.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches
Henry A. Castle
The insect which seeks it does not come from a distance; it inhabits the places wherein the cryptogam is found.Social Life in the Insect World
J. H. Fabre
- (in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and fernsCompare phanerogam
C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage
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