[ fan-er-uh-gam ]

  1. 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

Other words from phanerogam

  • phan·er·o·gam·ic, phan·er·og·a·mous [fan-uh-rog-uh-muhs], /ˌfæn əˈrɒg ə məs/, phan·er·o·ga·mi·an [fan-er-uh-gey-mee-uhn], /ˌfæn ər əˈgeɪ mi ən/, adjective
  • phan·er·og·a·my, noun

Words Nearby phanerogam Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use phanerogam in a sentence

  • This is equally true of the crytogam ferns (pteridophyta) and the phanerogam flowering plants (anthophyta).

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • It is, however, a true phanerogam or flowering plant, the male and female flowers being born on separate trees.

    Trees. A Woodland Notebook | Herbert Maxwell

British Dictionary definitions for phanerogam


/ (ˈfænərəʊˌɡæm) /

  1. any plant of the former major division Phanerogamae, which included all seed-bearing plants: Now called spermatophyte Compare cryptogam

Origin of phanerogam

C19: from New Latin phanerogamus, from Greek phaneros visible + gamos marriage

Derived forms of phanerogam

  • phanerogamic or phanerogamous (ˌfænəˈrɒɡəməs), adjective

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