[spur-muh s]


of the nature of or pertaining to sperm.

Origin of spermous

First recorded in 1815–25; sperm1 + -ous
Related formsmul·ti·sper·mous, adjective


variant of -spermal: gymnospermous.

Origin of -spermous

< Greek -spermos, adj. derivative of spérma; see sperm1
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British Dictionary definitions for spermous



of or relating to the sperm whale or its products
another word for spermatic
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