- 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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Word Origin for phanerogam
C19: from New Latin phanerogamus, from Greek phaneros visible + gamos marriage
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