noun Botany.
  1. 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 formscryp·to·gam·ic, cryp·tog·a·mous [krip-tog-uh-muh s] /krɪpˈtɒg ə məs/, cryp·to·gam·i·cal, adjectivecryp·tog·a·mist, nouncryp·tog·a·my, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and fernsCompare phanerogam
Derived Formscryptogamic or cryptogamous (krɪpˈtɒɡəməs), adjective

Word Origin for cryptogam

C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage
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