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cryptogam

[krip-tuh-gam] /ˈkrɪp təˌgæm/
noun, Botany
1.
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < Neo-Latin Cryptogamia. See crypto-, -gamy
Related forms
cryptogamic, cryptogamous
[krip-tog-uh-muh s] /krɪpˈtɒg ə məs/ (Show IPA),
cryptogamical, adjective
cryptogamist, noun
cryptogamy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cryptogamic

cryptogam

/ˈkrɪptəʊˌɡæm/
noun
1.
(in former plant classification schemes) any organism that does not produce seeds, including algae, fungi, mosses, and ferns Compare phanerogam
Derived Forms
cryptogamic, cryptogamous (krɪpˈtɒɡəməs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Cryptogamia, from crypto- + Greek gamos marriage
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Encyclopedia Article for cryptogamic

cryptogam

any of the spore-bearing vascular plants, including the ferns, club mosses, spike mosses, quillworts, horsetails, and whisk ferns. Once considered of the same evolutionary line, these plants were formerly placed in the single group Pteridophyta and were known as the ferns and fern allies. Although modern studies have shown that the plants are not in fact related, these terms are still used in discussion of the lower vascular plants.

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