gymnospermous

gymnospermous

[jim-nuh-spur-muhs]
adjective Botany.
of or pertaining to a gymnosperm; having exposed or naked seeds.
Also, gymnospermal [jim-nuh-spur-muhl] , gymnospermic [jim-nuh-spur-mik] .


Origin:
1720–30; < Neo-Latin gymnospermus < Greek gymnóspermos. See gymno-, -spermous

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gymnosperm (ˈdʒɪmnəʊˌspɜːm, ˈɡɪm-)
 
n
Compare angiosperm any seed-bearing plant in which the ovules are borne naked on the surface of the megasporophylls, which are often arranged in cones. Gymnosperms, which include conifers and cycads, are traditionally classified in the division Gymnospermae but in modern classifications are split into separate phyla
 
gymno'spermous
 
adj

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