[klahy-stog-uh-muh s]
Also cleis·to·gam·ic [klahy-stuh-gam-ik] /ˌklaɪ stəˈgæm ɪk/.
Compare chasmogamous.

Origin of cleistogamous

First recorded in 1880–85; cleisto- + -gamous
Related formscleis·tog·a·mous·ly, cleis·to·gam·i·cal·ly, adverbcleis·tog·a·my, nounnon·cleis·to·gam·ic, adjectivenon·cleis·tog·a·mous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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cleistogamous in Science


  1. Of or relating to a flower that does not open and is self-pollinated in the bud. The fertile flowers of the violet are inconspicuous and cleistogamous, while the plant's more familiar showy flowers are usually infertile.
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