- any of the Phanerogamia, a former primary division of plants comprising those having reproductive organs; a flowering plant or seed plant (opposed to cryptogam).
Origin of phanerogam
1860–65; < New Latin phanerogamus, equivalent to Greek phaneró(s) visible + -gamos -gamous
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Examples from the Web for phanerogams
These characters connect them with the phanerogams, or flowering plants.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
A Manual of the Phanerogams and Pteridophytes of, being vol.
The first Part related to the Phanerogams only, arranged according to the Linnaean system.
What families, either through their mass of individuals or their number of species, take precedence of the other Phanerogams?
If we suppose that they exceed only by 2000 the estimated number of Phanerogams, we shall obtain a total of just half-a-million!
C19: from New Latin phanerogamus, from Greek phaneros visible + gamos marriage
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