Cryptogam
Cryptogam Cryp"to*gam (kr?p"t?-g?m), n. [Cf. F. cryptogame. See {Cryptogamia}.] (Bot.) A plant belonging to the Cryptogamia. --Henslow. [1913 Webster] ||

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  • cryptogam — [krip′tō gam΄, krip′təgam΄] n. [Fr cryptogame < Gr kryptos (see CRYPT) + gamos, marriage (see GAMO )] a plant that bears no flowers or seeds but propagates by means of spores, as algae, mosses, ferns, etc. cryptogamic adj. cryptogamous… …   English World dictionary

  • Cryptogam — Polystichum setiferum, a fern …   Wikipedia

  • cryptogam — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek kryptos + gamia gamy Date: 1847 a plant or plantlike organism (as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed • cryptogamic also cryptogamous adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cryptogam — cryptogamic, cryptogamous /krip tog euh meuhs/, cryptogamical, adj. cryptogamist, n. cryptogamy, n. /krip teuh gam /, n. Bot. any of the Cryptogamia, a former primary division of plants that have no true flowers or seeds and that reproduce by… …   Universalium

  • cryptogam — noun A member of a former taxonomic group of plants that reproduce using spores, such as ferns, mosses, algae, fungi, lichens or liverworts. Syn: aëtheogam …   Wiktionary

  • cryptogam — cryp·to·gam krip tə .gam n a plant or plantlike organism (as a fern, moss, alga, or fungus) reproducing by spores and not producing flowers or seed cryp·to·gam·ic .krip tə gam ik or cryp·tog·a·mous krip täg ə məs adj * * * cryp·to·gam (kripґto… …   Medical dictionary

  • cryptogam — cryp·to·gam || krɪptoÊŠgæm n. plant without seeds or flowers (i.e. ferns or mosses) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cryptogam — [ krɪptə(ʊ)gam] noun Botany, dated a plant with no true flowers or seeds, such as a fern, moss, liverwort, lichen, alga, or fungus. Derivatives cryptogamous adjective Origin C19: from Fr. cryptogame, from mod. L. cryptogamae (plantae) from Gk… …   English new terms dictionary

  • cryptogam — cryp·to·gam …   English syllables

  • cryptogam — cryp•to•gam [[t]ˈkrɪp təˌgæm[/t]] n. bot a plant that bears no true flowers or seeds and that reproduces by spores, as the ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae • Etymology: 1840–50; < NL Cryptogamia. See crypto , gamy cryp to•gam′ic,… …   From formal English to slang

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