crypt-ogam

cryptogam

[krip-tuh-gam]
noun Botany.
any of the Cryptogamia, a former primary division of plants that have no true flowers or seeds and that reproduce by spores, as the ferns, mosses, fungi, and algae.

Origin:
1840–50; < Neo-Latin Cryptogamia. See crypto-, -gamy

cryptogamic, cryptogamous [krip-tog-uh-muhs] , cryptogamical, adjective
cryptogamist, noun
cryptogamy, noun
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cryptogam (ˈkrɪptəʊˌɡæm)
 
n
Compare phanerogam (in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and ferns
 
[C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage]
 
crypto'gamic
 
adj
 
cryptogamous
 
adj

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