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cleistogamous

play
adjective cleis·tog·a·mous \klī-ˈstä-gə-məs\

Definition of cleistogamous

  1. :  characterized by or being small inconspicuous closed self-pollinating flowers additional to and often more fruitful than showier ones on the same plant <violets are cleistogamous>

cleistogamously play \klī-ˈstä-gə-məs-lē\ adverb
cleistogamy play \-ˈstä-gə-mē\ noun


Variants of cleistogamous

also cleistogamic play \ˌklī-stə-ˈga-mik\

Origin of cleistogamous

Greek kleistos closed (from kleiein to close) + International Scientific Vocabulary -gamous — more at clavicle


First Known Use: 1874


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