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[klahy-stog-uh-muh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. pertaining to or having pollination occurring in unopened flowers.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for cleistogamy


  1. self-pollination and fertilization of an unopened flower, as in the flowers of the violet produced in summerCompare chasmogamy
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Derived Formscleistogamous or cleistogamic (ˌklaɪstəˈɡæmɪk), adjective
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cleistogamy 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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