Spermist
Spermist Sperm"ist, n. (Biol.) A believer in the doctrine, formerly current, of encasement in the male (see {Encasement}), in which the seminal thread, or spermatozoid, was considered as the real animal germ, the head being the true animal head and the tail the body. [1913 Webster]

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